Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez has no intention of ever returning to infield

Rob Bradford
June 09, 2015 - 8:16 pm

BALTIMORE -- There have been plenty of attempts to find a solution to what some perceive as the Red Sox' positional problem. One of them has been to place Hanley Ramirez in a spot other than left field, where he remains a work in progress. But when asked prior to the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to the Orioles if he envisioned making a return to the infield any time in the future (near or far), Ramirez was definitive in his response. "Hell, no," he said. Even a place such as first base, where there wouldn't be the need for the kind of mobility warranted at his old positions, shortstop and third base? "Me? Hell, no," Ramirez once again responded. "I'm just an employee here so I just want to win. It's just like where I hit in the lineup. Wherever they think I should be to win, that's what I'm here for. "But I consider myself an outfielder." Ramirez has routinely cited the need to use his time as an outfielder to save his body, thereby potentially avoiding injury. When asked to elaborate, he said, "I don'€™t have to bend that much. None of this. None of this. None of this. You have to stay down. It makes a big difference." (Note: Ramirez left Tuesday night's game early due to a contusion of his left knee after fouling a pitch off his leg in the third inning.) And if he ever did get that urge to abandon the outfield for his old life in the infield, he says the reminder he received when playing third base for four innings on April 16 was enough to not go down that road again. "It feels a long time ago," he said of his time as an infielder. "But after those three outs working in the infield, you'€™re kind of like, '€˜Wow!'€™ You remember what it'€™s like. But now I consider myself an outfielder."