It just keeps getting worse for Hanley Ramirez. On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox placed their former left fielder and first possible baseman-to-be on the 15-day DL for what has been deemed as right shoulder inflammation.
Red Sox interim manager, Torey Lovullo, told Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that there is no time table for Ramirez’s return. If he even returns at all this season, since the Red Sox are in the cellar of the AL East, there is no real rush to try and get him back into the Red Sox lineup.
This is just another blow to a season that started out with so much promise for Ramirez. To start the year Ramirez belted out 10 home runs and slashed .293/.341/.659 in the month of April. Then nagging injuries start to pile up, robbing him of his power he flashed to start the year. After hitting 10 home runs in April, Ramirez has since only hit nine more and has yet to homer since the All Star break. All the while hitting a pedestrian .183 with an OPS of .449 in the second half.
If the Red Sox were to decide to bring back Ramirez this season, he would be eligible to come off the DL on September 11th since he has not appeared in a ballgame since August 27th.
The Red Sox are better off just shutting Ramirez down for the rest of the season. Letting him heal and starting his transition over to first base. With rosters expanding, the Red Sox have more than enough first base/left field options to cover the absence of Ramirez.