Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez left Thursday night’s game against the Yankees after he was hit on the hand by a Sonny Gray fastball in the bottom of the first inning. Given the drama that unfolded on Wednesday, home plate umpire Chris Guccione issued warnings to both teams. Mitch Moreland pinch-ran for Ramirez and stayed in the game to play first base.
For what it’s worth, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe said, “Gray’s reaction was not one of somebody who intended to do that.”
Ramirez has gotten off to a good start, batting .357/.404/.548 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 47 plate appearances entering Thursday’s action. With the hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list, the Red Sox would be quite short-handed if Ramirez were to need to take some time off to mend his injury.
Ramirez will undergo evaluation and the Red Sox should pass along an update later tonight. (Update: X-rays negative, per Abraham.)
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.