Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez was held out of action on Saturday after fouling a ball off his left foot in Friday’s series opener against the Tigers. And he is out of Boston’s starting lineup again on Sunday.
X-rays taken Saturday morning turned up negative, so this isn’t anything major. But the 31-year-old slugger obviously has a pretty bad bruise.
Ramirez has registered 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 97 games this season, though he hasn’t gone yard since before the All-Star break. That is a stretch of 86 plate appearances without a home run.
Hanley is currently sporting a .302 OBP in 397 total plate appearances for the 49-62 Red Sox.
His career on-base percentage before the start of the 2015 season was .373.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.