With Ramirez, Red Sox send a clear message

With Ramirez, Red Sox send a clear message

With Ramirez, Red Sox send a clear message

Pumpsie Green's major league debut on July 21, 1959 as the team's first African-American player was noted as an addition to the "Most Memorable Moment" category in the Hall.

How quickly things can change. "It was probably platoon, maybe come in and pinch hit late in games".

On the hill, Eduardo Rodriguez went 5.2 innings, giving up two runs.

Ramirez, after a hot April (.341, three homers, .906 OPS), was struggling in May (.163, 3, .500). In his four seasons with the Red Sox, he provided above-average offense in only 2016. The first is money. The Sox were prepared to let the 34-year-old stay in the lineup and let the option vest if his production warranted it.

So at some point, the Sox were going to have to cut back on his playing time.

But Dombrowski said Cora called him with the idea of dumping Ramirez whose 2005 trade to the Marlins brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox and they helped bring a World Series title to Boston in 2007, a year after Ramirez won National League Rookie of the Year honors in Miami. Riley Williams III restored cartilage, and the Red Sox said then he was expected to miss more than the first month of the season.

It's a less-than-auspicious end for Hanley and the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez takes off his batting helmet after grounding out with bases loaded during a September 29, 2017, game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

Swihart, a career.260 hitter with a.687 OPS, could be the DH on days J.D. Martinez is in the outfield. "We just didn't see the role that would be there as more of a support person as one that fits Hanley well".

Of course, freeing themselves of Ramirez can also do some good for the Sox.

One team that comes to mind is the Houston Astros. To get there, he needed only 497 more plate appearances. This has become a position used to give regular players rest, and it's been trending in that direction for some time.

Manager Alex Cora said Thursday that Pedroia will come off the disabled list for a weekend series at Fenway Park against Atlanta.

And now there is positional flexibility. Ramirez had never played the outfield before and had been injured in three of the previous four seasons. Swihart allegedly can move around the diamond and play second or third, though he's only appeared in major league games at first base, left field, catcher and DH, and he's yet to prove he's more than average at any of them.

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