The Dodgers have officially signedformer Red Sox outfielderGabe Kapler to a minor league deal, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times (via Twitter.) The deal also includes an invitation to spring training. Kapler played for the Tampa Bay Rays for the past two seasons and was a free agent after the 2009 season.
BOSTON — Maybe now there's more reason to think Hanley Ramirez can have a rebound season in 2018. And left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will be recovering from knee surgery and likely miss the start of the season.
Ramirez and Rodriguez each had surgery on Tuesday. Ramirez, the designated hitter and first baseman who turns 34 in December, had left shoulder surgery, an announcement he made on Twitter with a picture of himself at the hospital.
Ramirez's surgery is considered relatively minor. Rodriguez's right knee ligament reconstruction surgery, however, has a recovery time of six months, which is to say he may be able to contribute to the Sox again in six months. But the timetable is imprecise, so, again, the Sox' starting pitching depth may have to be addressed in the offseason.
Rodriguez, who turns 25 in April, has had been bothered by the right knee for most of the past two seasons. He missed about six weeks this season after dislocating his knee and missed the start of the 2016 season after injuring the knee in spring training. Rodriguez was 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA last season and is 19-20, 4.23 in 25 career appearances, 24 starts in three seasons for Boston.
Here's what the Red Sox said in a release about the two surgeries:
HANLEY RAMIREZ AND EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ UNDERGO SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES
BOSTON, MA – First baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful surgeries today.
Ramirez underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL. Ramirez is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.
Rodriguez underwent a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. The procedure was also performed by Dr. Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola. Rodriguez is expected to return to pitching in approximately six months.
Ramirez was bothered by both shoulders in 2017, limiting his performance at the plate and also his time at first base. He had a .750 OPS in the regular season after posting an .866 figure a year earlier. He was productive in the Sox' Division Series loss to the Astros, going 8-for-14.
BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.
Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.
"I’ve talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed for 2018. What I told them is, first of all, I think very highly of them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club.
"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere."
Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well.