Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez thankful he didn't break hand, is day-to-day

John Tomase
June 25, 2015 - 8:26 am

Hanley Ramirez took one look at his left hand on Wednesday night and figured it was broken. When he saw the look on teammates' faces, it seemingly confirmed his fears. But Ramirez awoke on Thursday morning feeling much better, just hours after getting hit by a Xander Bogaerts line drive while running the bases, and hopes to return to the lineup on Friday. He said X-rays did not reveal a break, and he is day-to-day. "It's really sore," Ramirez said on Thursday morning. "Last night, after that happened, everyone was wondering because I had a big bump there. It was really, really painful. I'm really surprised how it feels good today. There's much less pain, and I feel better than last night." Ramirez said he just couldn't get out of the way of the Bogaerts liner. "I peeked once and I think I was a little bit early," Ramirez said. "When I tried to peek the second time, the ball was on top of me. There was nothing I could do." Ramirez figured it was broken. "I was a little bit frustrated last night before the X-rays, how much pain there was and how it looked," he said. "Everyone who saw it, you could see on their face it was really bad. "It's going to be day to day. Treatment, ice. Like I say, if I come in tomorrow and I can grip the bat, I'll be in the lineup. That's what I'm here for. Nothing will keep from the lineup unless it's still really painful." Ramirez knows the Red Sox need him, especially with Dustin Pedroia going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. "It's bad. It's bad," Ramirez said. "We're going to miss that guy for a little bit of time. That's why I'm going to try to get back to the lineup as soon as I can. Because both of us can't be out of the lineup at the same time."