Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez on shoulder injury: 'It's a work in progress'

Rob Bradford
May 10, 2015 - 10:25 am

TORONTO -- Hanley Ramirez is back in action, but he admits that the left shoulder strain he suffered last Monday is still an issue. "It's a work in progress," the Red Sox left fielder said prior to his team's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Sunday afternoon. "They need me on the field, so I have to be on the field and try and help the team win games." Then, when asked what baseball activity was most hindered by the shoulder ailment, Ramirez responded, "Losing the game." Ramirez was making his second start since leaving the Sox's May 4 against the Rays in the first inning, injuring his shoulder while colliding with the Fenway Park wall along the left field line. In his first three at-bats Sunday, Ramirez grounded to shortstop twice and rifled a single to left field. It followed up his four at-bats Saturday, in which he went hitless while striking out once. After his second at-bat in the series finale, Ramirez could be be seen wiggling his left shoulder after running down to first base. He remained in the game and hit the line-drive base-hit in his next time up. The question now is this: will the ailment -- which is on the same shoulder he has had a pair of surgeries -- become a lingering issue? "I hope not, but I don't try and think about it," said Ramirez, who said the injury isn't the same as what he went through in 2007 and '11. "I keep doing my exercises and getting treatment every day. We're going to stay on top of it." It was very evident what kind of hole Ramirez leaves in the lineup when not playing, particularly with some key elements in the middle of the order (David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval) struggling against left-handers. In the four games Ramirez did not not see an at-bat, the Red Sox hit .169 with a .575 OPS. Ramirez entered Sunday hitting .271 with a .910 OPS and 10 home runs. "We'€™re here to win. It'€™s a long season and you'€™re going to have ups and downs," he said. "When you get down you have to keep your head up, try and get out of hit and go from there. Things happen for a reason. I'€™m just trying to keep working and I'€™m happy to be on the field."