Hanley Ramirez misplayed another ball in left field Monday night. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Torey Lovullo: 'Hanley Ramirez is our left fielder and I think we're going to stay with that'

Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2015 - 1:35 pm
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With the season Hanley Ramirez is having in left field and another misplay on Monday night, there's been more talk of potentially moving him to another position like first base. Despite the criticism, interim manager Torey Lovullo was very strong the team's commitment to Ramirez in left field. "We're not hiding anything and we want to be as transparent as possible. No, he's not getting any type of work at first base at this point. Hanley Ramirez is our left fielder and I think we're going to stay with that," Lovullo said. "We're going to try and get him the necessary work and necessary reps and necessary innings out there to get him to the point he feels comfortable and we become a championship defense in the outfield. It takes time. He's a converted infielder and it's a tough process. He's further from the ball and moving and traveling at different angles and I feel comfortable saying Hanley is doing the right thing, working as hard as he can to make it happen as fast as he can." Lovullo pointed to some of the struggles he's had in left field to being an infielder for all of his 10 seasons prior to this one. "I think maybe he has some infield instincts in the outfield still," he said. "I know he wants to come in on balls. I think we're trying to get him to sit down as long as possible. I think he's becoming a little bit more comfortable with the spacing around the wall. I just think there's a general feel that he needs to develop here at Fenway Park. I think on the road he does OK defensively. I think at Fenway Park it's a very confined area and he's still adjusting. It's going to take a little bit of time." Despite all the issues, Lovullo feels Ramirez is making promising strides since the beginning of the season. "I think he's on a good path right now," he said. "I think there has been improvement since April. I think there has been improvement each and every day. He's making some nice plays. We want to see everybody improve to a certain standard and make sure that we go out there and help him as a collective group to win baseball games." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Rick Porcello will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket after throwing an extended bullpen Tuesday. He had a rain-shortened rehab last Saturday with Single-A Lowell. "I think we could say if he goes out there and is pain free, which we're anticipating, I think he would be somewhere close on that next road trip," Porcello said. WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported Monday the plan is for Porcello to then start next Wednesday in Chicago. -- Steven Wright, who is on the 7-day concussion day disabled list after taking a fly ball to the back of the neck last week in Miami, is progressing and could start Saturday. If Wright cannot go, then Monday's starter Matt Barnes would keep going in the rotation. "We feel like Matt threw the ball well enough and if Steven isn't ready that is the direction we will consider," Lovullo said. Lovullo added he didn't think Wright would need to go visit concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh. "At this point he's on a good path here with us right now," he said.

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