Hanley Ramirez leaves Red Sox game “due to illness”


Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who underwent a CT scan last week when he was hit on the foot by a pitch, exited this afternoon’s game in the third inning “due to illness.”

Ramirez is off to a good start in the first season of a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox, smacking five homers in 11 games with an .895 OPS.

Allen Craig replaced him in left field against the Orioles.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.