Blue Jays manager John Farrell has pneumonia

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Blue Jays manager John Farrell left last night’s game against the Royals with chest pains and discomfort. The good news is that he didn’t have a heart attack or anything. The bad news:  pneumonia:

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team Friday.

“Around the eighth inning he was moving around a little funny and I asked him,” bench coach Don Wakamatsu said in a quiet clubhouse. “He was struggling a little bit with his side. The report is it’s more of a muscle spasm. They took him in to get checked and everything else seemed to be fine.”

I’ve never had pneumonia, but one would think that it would require a bit more than a couple of innings off.  Indeed, one of the most important things you can do in such instances is rest.  But hey, if the doctors say Farrell can be with the team today, I guess he can be with the team today.

Hanley Ramirez is not actually under federal and state investigation

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On Friday, it was reported that free agent Hanley Ramirez was under federal and state investigation, though no one knew for what, exactly. Michele McPhee of ABC News said, “Obviously I know absolutely nothing about sports or Hanley Ramirez’s stats, but what I do know is crime. And there has been some reports about a FaceTime phone call that was made between a man during a car stop. After that car stop, police recovered a significant amount of drugs. And during that car stop, the suspect claimed that one of the items found in the vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez and then FaceTimed [Ramirez] in front of police. And that car stop coordinated with the timing of his release from the Red Sox.”

The suspect was reportedly transporting 435 grams of fentanyl and a “large amount” of crack cocaine. But it turns out that Ramirez’s name only got mentioned because the suspect was hoping to avoid arrest. Ramirez is not actually under investigation, Shelley Murphy and Evan Allen of the Boston Globe report.

The attorney of the suspect said that his client grew up in the Dominican Republic with Ramirez and used the former Red Sox DH’s name “to get the cops off his back, which didn’t work.” During the traffic stop, a trooper asked permission to open a brown cardboard box found in the rear cargo area of the suspect’s jeep. The suspect said the box contained books, shipped to him by Ramirez’s mother to deliver to Ramirez in Boston. The suspect FaceTimed Ramirez to back up his story, but Ramirez said he wasn’t aware that the suspect was on his way to visit. Ramirez gave permission to the trooper to open the box. He did, and found a gift bag with two kilograms of fentanyl. The suspect was arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Ramirez, 34, hit a disappointing .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 195 plate appearances for the Red Sox before being designated for assignment on May 25 and released on June 1. The Red Sox maintain that Ramirez’s release had nothing to do with anything off-the-field.