Troy Glaus playing third base while rehabbing at Triple-A

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Troy Glaus’ prolonged slump and knee problems convinced the Braves to replace him at first base with Derrek Lee, so now Glaus is somewhat surprisingly seeing action at third base while rehabbing in the minors.
At the time of the Lee trade several Braves beat writers made it very clear that they didn’t think there was any chance of Glaus being an option at third base down the stretch and that may still prove accurate, but the Braves are at least considering the possibility in the wake of Chipper Jones’ season-ending knee injury.
Glaus told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that his knee “feels fine” after resting for a week and said his goal while at Triple-A is “to get as many reps at third base as I can.”
At age 34 and with bad wheels Glaus has had trouble simply running or playing first base, so it seems unlikely that he could handle third base on anything more than an emergency basis. However, he does have more than 11,000 career innings at the position and didn’t make the switch across the diamond until this year.
Glaus began his rehab assignment by playing third base at Triple-A last night and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks.

The Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.