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.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).