Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox notes: Hanley Ramirez expected in lineup Wednesday

John Tomase
June 30, 2015 - 3:13 pm
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The Red Sox have been rolling without him, but it looks like Hanley Ramirez will return to the lineup on Wednesday afternoon. Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays that Ramirez is a go after testing his sore left wrist in the cages and during BP before the game. "I would expect him in the lineup (Wednesday)," Farrell said. To protect themselves, the Red Sox brought outfielder Rusney Castillo to Toronto for a day to be ready in case Ramirez couldn't play. "Rusney is here as part of a taxi squad, which we'€™re allowed for a day provided by MLB," Farrell said before Tuesday's game. "In addition to that, Hanley has had a good day so far. ... He'€™s making pretty solid progress over the last 24 hours." Castillo was recently sent to Pawtucket and needs to spend at least 10 days in the minors before he's eligible to return to the big leagues, though the Red Sox would get an exemption in case of an injury to Ramirez. Farrell said that the time off has helped Ramirez. He has yet to play on this road trip after getting hit by a Xander Bogaerts liner last week. "Hands to a hitter are vitally important," Farrell said. "The fact that he was able to get some peace of mind to the MRI results, followed up with some work already today, yeah, things are coming together as we hoped they were." In other news . . . -- Catcher Ryan Hanigan took a scheduled day off Tuesday from his rehab assignment and could rejoin the team as soon as Wednesday, Farrell said. -- Outfielder Shane Victorino needs at least a couple of more rehab appearances, Farrell said. When he does rejoin the team, he could potentially join a platoon with outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who is batting .390 over his last 11 games. -- One area of Rodriguez's game to watch tonight will be whether he's tipping pitches. Pitching coach Carl Willis believed that to be the case after he got bombed out of the stretch against the Orioles in his last start. "It was a tale of two outings inside of one," Farrell said. "When he got to the stretch position, I think there were some nuances that probably suggested he might be throwing one type of pitch or another. When you dominate the first 10 hitters as he did and then don't record an out, it makes you start to look a little bit deeper. It's not uncommon for pitchers to fall into certain habits that they give some information to the opposition." (Rob Bradford contributed to this report from Toronto)

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