Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez was held out of action on Saturday after fouling a ball off his left foot in Friday’s series opener against the Tigers. And he is out of Boston’s starting lineup again on Sunday.
X-rays taken Saturday morning turned up negative, so this isn’t anything major. But the 31-year-old slugger obviously has a pretty bad bruise.
Ramirez has registered 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 97 games this season, though he hasn’t gone yard since before the All-Star break. That is a stretch of 86 plate appearances without a home run.
Hanley is currently sporting a .302 OBP in 397 total plate appearances for the 49-62 Red Sox.
His career on-base percentage before the start of the 2015 season was .373.
From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald …
Though owner Jeffrey Loria is always capable of changing his mind, the Marlins are operating under the belief there will be a new manager next season, with Dan Jennings returning to the front office, according to team sources.
An interesting followup in that column: Laurence Leavy, better known as Marlins Man, spoke to Jennings directly and came away with the impression that he will not be back in the dugout next year.
So this will be the 16th managerial change in the 22-year history of the Marlins franchise …
Jackson suggests Bud Black, Ron Gardenhire, and Dusty Baker as possibilities if the Fish want to bring in someone with experience. Or perhaps owner Jeffrey Loria will make another pass at Mike Lowell.
Randy Johnson had his No. 51 retired on Saturday evening at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field …
Johnson won four straight National League Cy Young Awards with the D’Backs between 1999-2002. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last month along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio.