At this point you have to figure it’s all hands on deck for the Dodgers, even with Hanley Ramirez suffering noticeably from a broken rib. He says he’ll be in the lineup today however. Specifically: “Tomorrow, I’m going to come back, and I expect to see my name in the lineup,” he told MLB.com.
We’ll see. He looked to be in serious pain every time he swung the bat last night. Maybe adrenaline got him through Monday, but that tank was on “E” on Tuesday.
The Dodgers say it will be a game time decision.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”