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.