UPDATE: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Ramirez is considered day-to-day for now. In other words, the Red Sox will wait to see how he responds before considering a stint on the disabled list.
8:17 p.m. ET: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left shoulder sprain.
7:59 p.m. ET: Scary moment here for the Red Sox, as Hanley Ramirez was forced to leave tonight’s game against the Rays in the top of the first inning after running into the wall along the left-field line at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. Check it out below:
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It sure looks like a possible left shoulder injury. It’s worth noting that Ramirez previously had surgery on the same shoulder in 2007 and 2011. The Red Sox will have to cross their fingers for now.
Ramirez is off to a monster start this season, batting .283 with 10 home runs and a .949 OPS through 24 games coming into tonight’s action. The 31-year-old is in the first year of a four-year, $88 million contract and made the move to left field after signing with Boston.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.