Boston Red Sox Talk: Hanley Ramirez WBC Status Unclear At The Moment
Boston Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to leave the team on Friday and head to join the Dominican Republic WBC team. But, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, there is still going to be some run throughs with team physicians before the team lets Hanley leave and join his World Baseball Classic team.
Ramirez has yet to play first base in spring training because he experienced some stiffness in his right shoulder at the start of Spring Training. The discomfort has left his status in the WBC up in the air, with the initial plan for him to share first base duties with Carlos Santana for the DR team.
“It would be safe to say that if no improvements or ramping up of the throwing program the next 24 to 48 hours, additional testing is going to be needed at that point,” Farrell told reporters before the Sox’ game against the Orioles in Sarasota. “As of today, no revelations in any way.”
The manager added, “If his role with Team Dominican is to DH, he’s doing that now. What we need to do is, if in fact he goes, we’ve got to continue to be corresponding with their medical staff as best possible to make sure that work is being done and that there’s some increase at some point of the throwing program. Hanley’s aware of this. In our planning, he’s not solely a DH. So we’ve got to get his throwing program ramped up. We’ve got a month remaining. Right now we don’t feel like there’s anything structural there. If in the coming days that doesn’t start to turn, we’ve got to go through some additional testing.”
When asked Tuesday by WEEI.com if he was planning on going to the WBC, Ramirez said “Yeah, why not?”. For Boston this could get a little interesting, Hanley genuinely wants to play for his home country, which isn’t a bad thing. But if he goes there and the soreness worsens and or causes him to miss time for the Red Sox the relationship between him and the club could go downhill quickly.
If the team doesn’t give the thumbs up there could be trouble brewing in the Red Sox organization.