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Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) withdraws from the World Baseball Classic

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) withdraws from the World Baseball Classic

Hanley Ramriez will miss the World Baseball Classic with a sore right shoulder, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday.

Ramirez has been limited to DHing at spring training and hasn't played first base. Jean Segura will replace Ramirez on the Domincan Republic roster for the tournament, which begins for the DR team March 9 against Canada in Miami.
"The most succinct way I can say it is they're looking to replace Hanley on their roster," Farrell told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. "He still needs rehab with his shoulder. The throwing program will continue to progress as tolerated, so as of now, Hanley will not be joining Team Dominican, with their intent to replace him."

Ramirez hit his second homer of the spring on Thursday and is hitting .357 in Grapefruit League games.

Former major leaguer Moises Alou, the general manager of the Dominican team, wanted Ramirez to be able to play the field as well as DH. 

"He has physical needs and feels the best way to allow him to be ready for the start of our season is to be in here with us," said Farrell.

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is on the Netherlands roster. He's expected to play third base as well as shorstop for the Dutch team. 

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.