Boston Red Sox Talk: Hanley Ramirez Could Lose At-Bats Even When Healthy According To Manager John Farrell
It is looking like Boston Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez has fallen out of the good graces of his manager.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Red Sox manager John Farrell commented on the status of Ramirez saying he has seen some improvement.
“He’s improved today, he’s responding to treatment,” he said. “He’s still going through some work right now. We’ll get a bat in his hand here shortly to determine if he’s available to pinch hit tonight. Prior to yesterday’s game, day-to-day, and still in that status, but he is improving.”
Even with the health issues, Hanley is only hitting .241 as of now. His poor play this year is causing Farrell to think of other options at the DH spot in the lineup.
“Where he was so good against left-handed pitching last year, that’s been still a work in progress, for a lack of a better way to describe it,” he said. “We’re always looking to put the best combination on the field, but the one thing you can’t do is completely turn away from what Hanley did last year. While I know that is last year, we’re still working to get some increased performance from him. I think he’s still a key member in our lineup. The presence he provides, the impact he’s capable of, and yet we’re still working to get there.”
After batting .346 when facing left-handed pitching last season 2016, Ramirez has hit just .143 with a .562 OPS against lefties so far this season. Farrell said there has been no specific reason for this slump and they are doing what they can to get him back to what he was doing last season.
“We continue to go that way, to see what has been the change,” Farrell said. “There has been extensive video review. There’s been extensive conversations with him. There’s been short stretches where he’s I think shown the approach at the plate and the all-field ability to drive the baseball. That has been hit and miss a little bit. We’re just trying to get a consistency that he’s been known for.”