John Farrell: Hanley Ramirez's status uncertain after initial tests

Rob Bradford
May 04, 2015 - 7:40 pm

The Red Sox are still left crossing their fingers. While initial tests on Hanley Ramirez's left shoulder didn't reveal any sort of situation that would necessitate an immediate trip to the 15-day disabled list, Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted, "The coming days will indicate more." "He'€™s day-to-day right now," Farrell said. "Obviously the sprain to the left shoulder on the collision. We'€™re hopeful over the next couple days there'€™s some improvement. There'€™s no clear-cut DL at this point. So he'€™s day-to-day."

Ramirez injured suffered what the Red Sox classified as a left shoulder sprain when crashing into the padding along the left field foul line in the first inning of the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Rays Monday night. The left fielder initially caught what would have been an inning-ending fly out off the bat of James Loney. But after colliding with the wall, Ramirez allowed the ball to come free, putting Loney at second base. Tampa Bay would go on to score two runs in the frame after an Evan Longoria double and David DeJesus RBI single. Farrell said early signs didn't suggest there was a relation to the current injury and the outfielder's previous left shoulder ailments. He had undergone surgery on a partially dislocated shoulder at the end of 2007, while missing the last two months of the '11 season due to another operation. The most recent issue came as a result of a diving play, aggravating an injury that had plagued Ramirez for much of the previous season. "Based on the exams and the images [Monday night], I don'€™t have anything that suggests there'€™s a reoccurrence of an old injury," Farrell noted. "I think over the coming days, we'€™ll have a read on how he can recover and we'€™re hopeful he won'€™t miss significant time." If Ramirez is forced to make a trip to the DL, to logical options to replace him on the roster would be outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. Bradley Jr. has been red-hot as of late, collecting nine hits in his last 14 at-bats to raise his batting average with Triple-A Pawtucket to .341 with an .833 OPS. Castillo, who just recently returned after being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury following just three games with the PawSox, has yet to collect a hit since his return (0-for-11). As for another outfield option, Bryce Brentz is hitting .284 with an .833 OPS and three home runs for Pawtucket. He is hitting .387 with a .990 OPS against lefty pitching. None of the options, however, would seemingly come close to replacing what had been the Red Sox' most potent hitter to date. "In the short run, we'€™re going to miss him," said Farrell of Ramirez, who carried a team-leading .949 OPS to go along with 10 home runs. "Hopefully this doesn'€™t turn into something more than at least the initial exam. Any kind of soreness, we'€™ll have a better read on that in the coming days. I don'€™t know how else to give you a read on that."