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Rays fire team physician accused of sexually abusing a teenager

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The Tampa Bay Rays have fired team physician Michael Reilly after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who worked in his medical office approximately 8-10 years ago.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, the team released the following statement:

The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization.

The video, embedded below, was created by Brianna Rah, a woman who worked for Reilly when she was a teenager. In it she explains the process via which Reilly groomed her for abuse when she was his family’s 14-year-old babysitter. She claims he’d take extra time when driving her home, which she said felt “weird.” When she was 16 she began working at his medical office, where he’d begin making a point to get her alone, put his hand on her hands and rub her shoulders. Feeling uncomfortable, she quit working at the office for a time, but returned a few months later. When she returned to work with Reilly, she says his behavior escalated to the point where he tried to kiss her while she was in his office with the door closed.

Reilly had been the Rays team physician for the entire 20-year existence of the club. He had previously served as team physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.