MRI comes back negative on Hanley Ramirez’s hand

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The Red Sox will be without Hanley Ramirez for the fifth straight game tonight, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that an MRI on his bruised left hand came back negative.

Ramirez suffered the injury last Wednesday when he was hit in the back of his hand by a batted ball while running the bases. While he was concerned that something more serious was going on, today’s test ruled out any structural damage. Ramirez has been cleared to swing a bat and Red Sox manager John Farrell is optimistic that he’ll be able to return during the team’s four-game series in Toronto this week.

Ramirez, 31, is batting .283/.330/.482 with 15 home runs and 38 RBI over 67 games this season. The Red Sox have been going with Alejandro De Aza and Jackie Bradley, Jr. in the corner outfield spots recently.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.