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Adrian Gonzalez on Hanley Ramirez: 'Left field I knew wasn't going to be that easy of a transition for him'

Ryan Hannable
July 13, 2015 - 1:48 pm
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CINCINNATI -- Adrian Gonzalez was a teammate of Hanley Ramirez for almost three full years with the Dodgers, so he's pretty familiar with the Red Sox' new left fielder. The Dodgers first baseman was a little surprised upon hearing Ramirez would be playing left field for one of his former teams in the Red Sox. "[First base] is easier on your legs, it's easier on your body," Gonzalez told reporters. "Left field I knew wasn't going to be that easy of a transition for him. Being a guy that has had hamstring and quad problems in the past, running around in the outfield is not ideal for that." Ramirez had been exclusively an infielder until signing with the Red Sox this offseason and Gonzalez noted how switching positions can also have an affect of how a hitter hits at the plate. "When you have to deal with (positional) shifts, obviously it's going to take a little bit more away from your mind than just playing the game," Gonzalez said. "I thought at first he was going to have a transition period there. But once he got comfortable, I know he's going to be a good hitter, especially in that ballpark and in that division. He's a guy that you need his bat. If he can keep his legs and his body healthy, his bat will play." The Red Sox' left fielder has shown some signs of improving in left field and at the All-Star break is batting .274 with 19 home runs and 46 RBIs, but has just six doubles. For a full season, the lowest number of doubles he's ever had was in 2011 when he played just 86 games and had 16. For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.

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