BALTIMORE -- David Ortiz is no different than just about everybody else -- he's in awe of the kind of second half to the season that Hanley Ramirez is enjoying this year.
Ramirez leads MLB in RBI since the All-Star break and has smoked 12 homers in his last 23 games. Since Aug. 11, Ramirez also leads the American League in OPS 1.156.
"Outstanding,” gushed Ortiz. "Hanley came up with (the organization) and everybody knows that the type of player that Hanley came to be, playing every day. Last year, the transition going from the infield to the outfield kind of got him a little bit. A big guy, playing the outfield, all that running and all that stuff, hitting a fence -- it didn't work out for him that well.
"But I was happy with him playing first base and you're seeing the result. It's a totally different way to look at the way he's helped us and the season he's having...it's a season that he hasn't had the last couple of years.”
Beyond the production at the plate, Ramirez has been a better teammate, too, and his happier.
"Hanley loves this organization,” Ortiz said. "They signed him and he was thinking he was always going to play here. We talk all the time. Hanley's like a little brother to me and I kind of let him know that he had to learn to deal with the tough times, too.”
The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.
Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt. The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.
In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start.
After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.
The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg. "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”
Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.