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Ramirez won't play outfield for the rest of the season

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Ramirez won't play outfield for the rest of the season

BOSTON - Only a few days ago, when the Red Sox were playing the New York Mets, interim manager Torey Lovullo suggested that Hanley Ramirez would, in a matter of days, return to the lineup as the team's left fielder.

But Tuesday, that narrative took a dramatic turn.

Asked if he expected to see Ramirez play the outfield again in 2015, Lovullo answered: "I do not.''

Questioned about the change, Lovullo said there were a number of factors that went into the decision.

"I think we've just walked through a couple of scenarios,'' said Lovullo, "and I think that with how the young kids have been doing in the outfield, we want to give them the time there that they deserve. And I think the timing of Hanley's injury is pushing him back a little bit. It's just condensing that ability to go and play left field until he transitions to first base.

"Had it been day-to-day, there probably would have been a few moments in left field still. But I think we're looking a little bit forward of today, knowing that, maybe in a week he might come back and be ready to play first base. Maybe two weeks, he could come back, health-wise, and be ready to play first base.

"So, I think a lot of this is contingent on his health and the timing of it is built off his health.''

Ramirez continues to work out at first base in anticipation of moving there. He took ground balls and throws at first Tuesday afternoon, working with third base coach/infield instructor Brian Butterfield. and worked on his footwork.

To date, because of the shoulder soreness, he hasn't been able to make throws from the position.

"In his pre-workout time, he's getting himself ready, doing what he has to do to get ready to go,'' said Lovullo. "But obviously, he can't throw the ball yet. He's not able to execute the play completely and that's going to take a little bit of time. But he's doing his footwork, taking ground balls...doing anything but throwing. The final piece is to have him start throwing the ball. That's going to happen when his shoulder is ready to take that workload.''

Ramirez revealed Monday that he's been hampered right shoulder soreness for some time, and that, in conjunction with a sore hand, has been the reason why he has slumped so dramatically in the last three months.

His play in left field, of course, has been disastrous, with some defensive analytics revealing him to be the worst defender at any positition in Major League Baseball.

Additionally, the Sox have been pleased by the play of the trio of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo and want them to get a head start for 2016.

In the meantime, there won't be much of an opening for Ramirez until he adapts to first.

"I wish I could say what the transition time was going to be,'' said Lovullo. "But his health and how he is feeling is going to determine when that happens...I'm hopeful that he will. I feel like from what I've seen him do defensively, there's a chance he can play first base before the year's over. Now, is that a lock? His health will determine that.''

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi exited the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Padres Saturday night with left side tightness, an ailment that kept him out of Sunday's 3-1 loss. 

Luckily for the Red Sox, it doesn't appear their left fielder will be out for long. According to Alex Cora, Benintendi is considered day-to-day and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday when the team visits the Rockies. 

“He’s doing okay. He feels better,” Cora told MassLive's Chris Cotillo. “We’ll stay away from him today, he’ll probably get some treatment tomorrow and we’ll know more on Tuesday.”

The Sox took two of three against the Padres, but couldn't complete the sweep thanks to a silent day from one of the league's best offenses. They should be able to continue to produce without Benintendi in the lineup, but the lefty had been swinging the bat well lately and will be needed in the final 30 games of the year if Boston hopes to make a late run at the postseason. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

FINAL SCORE: Padres 3, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox got solid output from their bullpen on Sunday but their offense was neutralized by the Padres in a 3-1 loss. J.D. Martinez was the only source of run support on Boston's part with a solo home run in the fourth inning. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 70-62

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

Francisco Mejia singled to center, Margot scored (1-0 SD)

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to left, Mejia scored (3-0 SD)

4th inning

J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run to left (3-1 SD)

Jackie Bradley Jr. makes a spectacular catch at the wall

UP NEXT:

@Rockies, Tuesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Rockies, Wednesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Angels, Friday, 10:07 p.m., NESN

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