Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez hopeful of returning to lineup Tuesday

Rob Bradford
June 29, 2015 - 8:27 pm

TORONTO -- Hanley Ramirez arrived at Rogers Centre Monday night in time to see his Red Sox claim a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. He also showed up early enough to execute something that had been eluding him since injuring his left hand last Wednesday. Ramirez was able to swing a bat, hitting balls off a tee. The exercise made more feasible in Ramirez' mind after getting word that his injury was just a "deep bone bruise," following an MRI performed back in Boston. "It was a relief because the pain I was having, in my mind I didn't know what was happening," Ramirez told WEEI.com before leaving the ballpark Monday night. "There was too much pain. But we got the MRI and it's a deep bone bruise and hopefully the next couple of days, or tomorrow, I'll be back in the lineup." Before the game, and prior to Ramirez' arrival back with the team, Red Sox manager John Farrell was simply hopeful that he would get his left fielder back in the lineup before the week was out. "The swelling has diminished even through the weekend, and yet he didn't feel complete confident that everything was cleared up in there," Farrell said. "The MRI has given him some peace of mind that there's nothing structural going on. He's dealing with some soreness with the bone bruise and maybe a little residual swelling that's there. More than anything, a little peace of mind that structurally he's good allows him to move through the hitting progression." In case Ramirez' diagnosis wasn't what he or the team had hoped, Rusney Castillo was at the ready. According to sources, the outfielder had postponed joining Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester, N.Y. in order to wait in Toronto for word of Ramirez' condition. Since filling in for Ramirez in left field, Alejandro De Aza has provided the best offense of any major leaguer at the position. In the past five game, De Aza has hit .474 with three home runs and a 1.105 OPS.