OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
1 month ago

Ramirez will be physically able to play first base in 2018 after undergoing shoulder surgery in October, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This would come into play if the Red Sox signed someone like J.D. Martinez, who would be better suited for DH, but if they sign a true first baseman like Eric Hosmer, Ramirez would get the bulk of his at-bats at DH. More important than where he plays is how he hits, as he is coming off a year where he was a below league average hitter (93 wRC+). Entering his age-34 season, it's risky to buy into a bounce back.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
2 months ago

Ramirez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season after successfully undergoing surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season -- resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games -- so the hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
2 months ago

Ramirez underwent surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, according to his personal Twitter account.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez's shoulders plagued him throughout the season, but there had been no previous indication that he would undergo surgery to address the issues. The details of the procedure -- along with an accompanying timeline for his recovery -- are still unknown, though Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports the operation was considered minor.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
2 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against Houston on Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez will retreat to the bench in favor of Eduardo Nunez, who will man the designated hitting duties against Justin Verlander and the Astros on Thursday. The 33-year-old will be available off the bench, and could return to the lineup for Friday's contest, with southpaw Dallas Keuchel set to take the hill for Game 2 of the series.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
2 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday against Houston.

EDGE Analysis

With the Red Sox opting to use Sunday's series finale to rest many of their regular starters, Ramirez will get the day off. Christian Vazquez will fill in at the DH spot while Ramirez moves to the bench. Ramirez will head into the playoffs with a .242 batting average and .749 OPS.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
3 months ago

Ramirez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sunday will mark the third consecutive day that Ramirez hasn't been in the starting lineup, as the Red Sox are playing in a National League ballpark and can't use a designated hitter. Ramirez should return to seeing regular at-bats Monday when Boston begins a series against the Blue Jays.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
3 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

With no designated hitter spot available in Cincinnati, Ramirez will head to the bench for a second straight. Manager John Farrell doesn't intend to use Ramirez in the field against National League teams, so look for Mitch Moreland to man first base for Sunday's series finale as well.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
3 months ago

Ramirez entered Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds as a pinch hitter and flied out deep to left field in his lone at-bat.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Farrell's intention is not to use Ramirez in the field while the Red Sox play in a National League city without the benefit of a designated hitter this weekend, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. With Cincinnati throwing right-handed starters in all three games, Mitch Moreland will be the likely starter at first base through Sunday.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
3 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup Friday against the Reds, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Red Sox playing in a National League ballpark, they won't be able to use a designated hitter. As a result, Ramirez will head to the bench. Boston could opt to use Ramirez at first base instead of Mitch Moreland at some point over the weekend. However, if they choose to keep Ramirez out of the lineup, he'd likely return to the DH spot Monday against the Blue Jays.

OUTHanley Ramírez
1B/DH BOS
3 months ago

Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run against the Orioles on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Back in the lineup after sitting out of the starting nine for six straight games due to a biceps injury, Han-Ram looked none the worse for wear in this one. Still, the 33-year-old has shown significant signs of decline this year, with his numbers down across the board and his strikeout rate at a career high. He's become a fringe fantasy own in shallower formats.