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Red Sox injury updates: Hanley Ramirez 'progressing'; Rusney Castillo getting left foot examined

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2015 - 7:52 am
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The Red Sox got some better news with left fielder Hanley Ramirez's left foot after his exam upon returning to Boston. Although he's out of the lineup for the sixth straight game after fouling a pitch off his foot on the road trip, he is "progressing." "Hanley Ramirez is progressing and doing well," acting manager Torey Lovullo said. "Still feeling a little discomfort with that contusion. Like I said yesterday, we're going to do right by these players and make sure their work up will allow them to play and participate at full speed without any limitations." -- Rusney Castillo left Friday's game after fouling a pitch off his left foot. It was announced as a left foot contusion and he is being examined Saturday morning for further information. "Hope for good news," Lovullo said. -- Starter Steven Wright was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after taking a flyball to the back of the neck during batting practice in Miami. Garin Cecchini will take his place on the roster. Lovullo said he could see time in left field or first base in a reserve role. -- With Wright being unavailable Monday, Matt Barnes was scratched from his start with Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday and will start Monday against the Indians. He recently switched back from being a reliever, but he's been stretched out to 90 pitches. "We thought about a couple options as far as the rotation moving forward," Lovullo said. "We wanted to split up our lefties so we didn't push anyone around, we kept everyone in line. He's going to slot in there for us on Monday." Barnes was drafted as a starter in the first-round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Connecticut. Although he's spent much of the last year or so as a reliever, the Red Sox have always viewed him as a starter. "He's been a proven starter at the minor league level," Lovullo said. "Player development has recommended that this is a guy who could be a very qualified major league starting pitcher. Out of necessity we needed to move him to the bullpen. I think as young player go we all look them in different ways and when you have the stuff that he has you try and get him to the big leagues and contribute in whatever gap he can fill. "In this case it was as a reliever for a period of time, but we've always viewed him as starter so we're going to get him up here and we're anxious to see what he can give us."

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