Boston Red Sox Talk Designated Hitter Hanley Ramirez Will Not Play First Base In Philly
According to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, Hanley Ramirez could play first in Philadelphia, but the team doesn’t think it is necessary.
Farrell stated prior to the game on Tuesday against the Phillies he said his plan is to start first baseman Mitch Moreland in the two game set on Wednesday and Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. This means Ramirez will be delegated to the bench for the two games and could see some time as a pinch hitter at points.
Ramirez hasn’t played the field since May 10, when he exited the game after three innings due to a trapezius injury. But because of the designated hitter’s ongoing shoulder issues, along with two right-handed starters going for the Phillies, the Farrell has decided to rely on Moreland.
Ramirez is currently sitting at .249 with a .769 OPS and 9 home runs.