Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox pregame notes: Hanley Ramirez 'working through some things' at the plate

June 22, 2016 - 2:04 pm
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Red Sox manager John Farrell explained why Hanley Ramirez will be dropped from fifth to seventh in the order for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Ramirez is hitting just .179 with 11 strikeouts in 18 games in June. Since homering on June 15 to end a 35-day drought, Ramirez has gone 4-for-24 with six strikeouts. As a result, he'll be hitting as low as seventh for the first time since his rookie year of 2006. Chris Young moves up to the fifth spot in his place. "Hanley has been working through some things to try and get his timing on track," Farrell said. "Players are going to kind of tell you where they hit in the order. Chris has done an outstanding job this year, particularly against left-handed pitchers. And while Hanley works through the timing issues, well, we needed a little bit of a jumpstart or a spark potentially." Ramirez's June 15 homer was his first since May 10 and one of the first true displays of hard contact Ramirez had shown in some time — a positive indication for Farrell. "Even if it wasn't a home run, you saw hard contact, and really that's kind of what you're looking for," Farrell said. "When timing is a little bit more consistent or on the mark, the fact that it went out of the ballpark in my mind is irrelevant. The leg kick, the timing, the bat path, that's all being worked on." OTHER RED SOX NOTES — Catcher Ryan Hanigan worked out Wednesday and could begin a rehab stint as soon as Thursday. Hanigan has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a neck strain that resulted in a bulging disk. — Farrell said Brock Holt (concussion) will go seven innings Thursday in Pawtucket, alternating between third base and shortstop. He is expected to do a full nine innings in left field Friday. Holt has been out since being injured diving for a ball on May 10. — Blake Swihart (left ankle sprain) is able to bear weight in the boot on his left foot. Farrell said Swihart will be reevaluated when the boot comes off in the next couple of days. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 5.