Boston Red Sox Talk: Sox Slugger Hanley Ramirez Will Not Play First Base Anytime Soon According To Manager John Farrell
“If it’s available to us, yeah,” Farrell said when asked whether he wants to see Hanley play first against American League ballclubs. “But I think at the same time, you know, if physically that’s creating some issues for him, what I don’t want to do is jeopardize and miss at-bats in the DH slot.”
Ramirez has only started one game at first all season, and Farrell had hoped Hanley would be able to play more games at first against left handed pitching, put discomfort popped up and has caused Boston to avoid putting Ramirez in the field.
“There have been times when he got out there and he got injured over in Milwaukee,” Farrell said.
Farrell made the distinction that this is not a matter of choice, but rather one of “physical well-being.” That being said, Farrell said that he would like to play first at some point.
“While he’s been successful at the DH slot, you know, we’re going to take the best of what each player can give us as well.”
As of right now, that seems to be utilizing Mitch Moreland, but with Moreland struggling against left handed pitching you are likely to see Travis getting some at-bats when a lefty is on the mound.
“Sam Travis was swinging the bat extremely well over past seven-eight games,” Farrell said. “We get him here, we got four consecutive series where we’re going to have one possibly two, left-handed starters in some of those series, and I felt like this was a chance to get his first exposure at the big leagues.”