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Hanley Ramirez (LF,SS,DH)

Boston Red Sox


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Hanley Ramirez met with Red Sox baseball chief Dave Dombrowski in Boca this week to make sure that everyone was on the same page this offseason. In addition to the conformation that Ramirez's shoulder was fully healed the meeting also helped to reiterate both the expectation that Hanley will be a first baseman in 2016 and that the team expects him to trim down a bit. Dombrowski did however make it clear that Ramirez is working exclusively on conditioning at this time and is not actively taking any ground balls. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI.com)

Fantasy Impact: There are more than a few question marks surrounding Ramirez in 2016 as he prepares to make his second position switch in as many seasons. These concerns will likely cause Hanley to plummet in most draft rankings as he will also be losing his short stop and middle infielder eligibility. Depending on the depth of your league Ramirez could be worth a shot as a late round pick where he won't cause too many problems if he goes bust again.

 

New Red Sox baseball chief Dave Dombrowski has reportedly asked Hanley Ramirez to shed 15-20 lbs over the off season. The expectation was confirmed by interim manager Torey Lovullo “That’€™s our expectation. I dont have the paperwork in front of me but I think it was 15 or 20 pounds lighter, that’€™s what was asked of him.” Ramirez had intentionally bulked up after signing with the Red Sox in preparation for his transition to the outfield. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI.com)

Fantasy Impact: Overall health seems to be the major driving force behind the organization's request that Ramirez drop down a weight class. However, Ramirez has always had a hard time staying healthy regardless of his size or position. What the weight loss may do is keep Hanley from trying to be a power hitter, and allow him to get back to what he does best which is spray doubles all over the field. His 12 doubles in 2015 was a career low and nearly a third of what he put up in 2014 (35 doubles) while posting a usable .817 OPS over 128 games.

 

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is "getting close" to being able to play a game at first base, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Ramirez hasn't played since Aug. 26 due to shoulder inflammation, but it appears that could be coming to an end in the near future.

Fantasy Impact: With the season winding down, fantasy owners who have held onto Hanley Ramirez may actually get to play him again. It was looking like Ramirez would not come back but there is still hope. But if he does return, he may not play everyday.

 

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The Red Sox are leaning toward not having Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) get any game action at first base, CSN New England reports. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team's reluctant to put him in a game at first base due to "health" and "comfort level." (Source: CSNNE)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has been working out a first base while he is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. But it does not look like he will be playing there this season. There is a good chance that the Red Sox try to make him the everyday first baseman for 2016 as he struggled with his play in the outfield. Next year his value should drop in fantasy as he will lose his short stop position in most leagues. That coupled with continuous injuries make him a risky option for next season.

 

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Hanley Ramirez placed on the DL

Sat, Sep 5th 10:46pm EDT
By John Aubin

Ramirez (shoulder) was placed on the DL on Saturday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. It's a curious move given the expanded rosters, but fantasy owners now have a concrete list of dates that Ramirez will be on the shelf. (Source: Brian McPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It does not look like Hanley Ramirez will provide much production for the rest of the season. Fantasy owners in redraft leagues can safely drop him for someone off of the waiver wire.

 

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Hanley Ramirez out once again

Fri, Sep 4th 5:14pm EDT
By John Aubin

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Friday. Ramirez continues to nurse a shoulder injury, and it's unclear when he'll make his return to the Red Sox lineup.

Fantasy Impact: There is no word on how long Hanley Ramirez will be out but his day to day status has turned into him missing his seventh game in a row. His shoulder injury and the news he will not play in the outfield when he comes back will impact his playing time for the rest of the season. If you are in a fantasy playoff race and need the roster spot it may be time to let Ramirez go for a hot option of the waiver wire.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) will not play the outfield again this season, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Things have been trending this way for a while, but the Ramirez-in-left experiment is done for this season, and has likely been scrapped for good with Ramirez failing to acclimate to the position. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has been sidelined for the last six games with a shoulder issue. It is hard to say how much longer he is out but is considered day to day. He may get some time at first base before the season is over but for now it looks like with the Red Sox out of contention Ramirez could be a part time player the rest of the season.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is out of the Red Sox lineup again on Monday night against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez missed the entire weekend series with the Mets due to the shoulder fatigue. There is no indication on when he will back. This is just the latest in day to day injuries that Ramirez has had this season which is frustrating to fantasy owners.

 

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Hanley Ramirez remains out of the lineup Saturday due to shoulder fatigue. Ramirez was scratched from Friday's lineup for the same issue that will hold him out of Saturday's tilt against the Mets. (Source: Mike Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is no word on how serious Hanley Ramirez's shoulder injury is but right now he is considered day to day. This is the latest in a series of frustrating day to day injuries for Ramirez.

 

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Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mets, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. There's no word yet as to why Ramirez was scratched, but he'll be replaced in left field by Jackie Bradley, who will bat ninth. (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has had a laundry list of minor injuries this season which has been frustrating for his fantasy owners. No word if this late scratch is another injury but keep posted on the latest Ramirez news.

 

The Red Sox have officially started grooming Hanley Ramirez for first base, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports. He began doing defensive drills at first base, and the team said Ramirez could be deployed there in a game before the end of the season. (Source: Gordon Edes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has been horrible defensively in left field for the Red Sox this season. The change to first base may not be a great move for fielding reasons but the Red Sox have a need there and it will open up an outfield spot for one of Boston's up and coming players. Hanley Ramirez will lose his short stop eligibility for next season which will hurt his fantasy value but he should end up with first and outfield eligibility for fantasy owners.

 

Hanley Ramirez was dropped to sixth in the batting order Saturday, just the 12th time in his career he's started a game hitting outside the top five in the order, according to the Providence Journal reports. Ramirez finished Saturday going 1-for-4. (Source: Providence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has struggled at the plate and with minor injuries during the second half of this season. The free agent pickup of the Red Sox this off season has not played up to expectations and other than a hot first month has been a bust in fantasy.

 

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Hanley Ramirez will remain in left field and the Red Sox will not attempt to find a new position for him, the Boston Globe reports. "Hanley Ramirez is our left fielder," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think we are going to stay with that. We're going to try and get him the necessary work and necessary reps and necessary innings out there to get him to a point where he feels comfortable and we become a championship defense in the outfield.” (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has been horrible in left field this season and it does not seem like this is a good fit for him. While defense does not matter in most fantasy leagues, it must weigh on Ramirez and affect his hitting. Ramirez would be best suited at designated hitter for the Red Sox but that role is filled by David Ortiz.

 

Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Indians. Ramirez was back in the lineup after missing six consecutive games with a bruised left foot.

Fantasy Impact: It was a frustrating week for Hanley Ramirez owners as he was day to day and ended up missing six games. The good news is that he did not end up on the disabled list. Hopefully Ramirez can stay healthy and get back on track at the plate for the remainder of the season.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (foot) is not in the lineup Friday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports. Ramirez was examined again by team doctors on Thursday, and he still has not been cleared to return since fouling a ball off of his foot last Friday. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez will be missing his fifth game in a row. It does not look like he will be going on the disabled list but all the games he is missing are frustrating to fantasy owners. Keep a look out for updates on his status for the weekend.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (foot) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Ramirez continues to deal with a sore foot as the result of a foul ball off his left foot last Friday. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez is considered day to day with his foot injury but will now miss his fourth game. He could be a candidate for a DL stint. Keep an eye on updates.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (foot) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez hit a foul ball off of his left foot on Friday which caused him to miss the final two games of the Detroit series. The x-rays came back negative but Ramirez is missing another game. Consider him day to day and keep looking for updates.

 

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Hanley Ramirez's (foot) soreness was a result of a ball that he had fouled off Friday night. Ramirez received treatment throughout Saturday, but after he continued to experience soreness, the team ordered X-rays on Ramirez's foot. The results came back negative, but Ramirez is questionable to start Sunday. (Source: Red Sox.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez is considered day to day and he should not be counted on for Sunday. Keep a look on updates to see how he progresses.

 

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Hanley Ramirez left Sunday's game against the Rays with an apparent injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. (Source: Mark Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez was dealing with a shin injury that caused him to miss Friday's game. This could be a precautionary move so consider Ramirez day to day for now.

 

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Hanley Ramirez will be held out of the lineup Friday due to a shin injury, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports. (Source: Sean McAdam on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The extent of the issue with Hanley Ramirez's shin is not known at this time. He should be considered day to day until further updates come out. Ramirez has been struggling at the plate hitting just .211 for the month of July.

 

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Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3, walking once, with a run scored and a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Own him.

 

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Hanley Ramirez swinging a hot bat

Mon, Jul 13th 12:45am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Hanley Ramirez has hit four HR in his last nine games with eight RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Hanley is a must own in most leagues as long as he is healthy. Even a mild injury is not enough to drop him for the most part, as he is an elite option.

 

Hanley Ramirez (hand) produced encouraging results during a batting practice session Tuesday, prompting manager John Farrell to "expect him in the lineup [Wednesday]," the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez has not played since June 24th and the Red Sox as well as fantasy owners could use his bat back in the lineup. With the encouraging batting practice results it looks like that he will be back very soon.

 

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Hanley Ramirez to avoid DL stint

Tue, Jun 30th 2:12am EDT
By John Aubin

Hanley Ramirez arrived in Toronto and took some swings off a tee once he did. So his progression has started. The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reports. (Source: Peter Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez was sent back to Boston for an MRI, which did not reveal anything serious. He is now back with the team in Toronto and could play in the series with a likely target of Thursday. Ramirez when healthy this season has been a top 20 fantasy player.

 

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Hanley Ramirez to get an MRI

Sun, Jun 28th 3:25pm EDT
By John Aubin

Hanley Ramirez (hand) is going back to Boston to get an MRI, curtailing his road trip three days into the seven-game trip for the team. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Sunday will be the fourth game Hanley Ramirez misses with a left hand injury. It looks to be more serious than originally thought and Ramirez is heading back to Boston. Ramirez could end up on the DL or miss a few more games depending on the MRI results.

 

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Hanley has missed the past three games after he was struck in the hand while running the bases. The team claims he is day-to-day.

Fantasy Impact: If he plays, you play him. He is definitely not a drop unless it turns out he is going to miss most of the rest of the season but there is no current indication that is a likely outcome.

 

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Hanley went 1-for-3 on Sunday with a solo HR. Hanley has been hot the last three games as he has gone 5-for-11 with a walk, two HR, three runs scored and four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Rameriz is an elite option if you still get to use his old SS eligibility. If you can only use him as an OF, he is still awful good. He should be owned.

 

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Hanley Ramirez sits out on Friday

Fri, Jun 12th 11:30pm EDT
By Billy Moy

Ramirez sat out Friday night with soreness in both his left hamstring and left knee. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: He was hit by a pitch on the inside of his left knee on Tuesday. He played Wednesday and Thursday but something in his hamstring during Thursday's game prompted a sixth inning visit from the Red Sox's trainer. John Farrell said Ramirez was just getting "a day to get over" the soreness so for now this doesn't appear to be anything serious.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (knee) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles and will be the designated hitter. (Source: Boston Red Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off of his knee. The X-rays were negative and Ramirez will be back in the lineup at DH and will be hitting third. He has been getting back in his groove after a mid May slump and is getting back to elite fantasy status.

 

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Hanley Ramirez had to leave Tuesday's game against the Orioles after fouling a ball off his left knee. X-rays on Hanley Ramirez's left knee came back negative.

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Hanley Ramirez owners. Ramirez is starting to heat up after a slow start coming back from a shoulder injury back in early May that caused him to miss a few games. Ramirez says he should be back in the lineup on Wednesday but don't be surprised if Boston sits him out a game.

 

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Ramirez had a steal, run and RBI to go with his two hits in Wednesday's double header. All of his damage came in the first game though, Ramirez struck out in a pinch hit opportunity in the second game.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez had an ugly May so fantasy owners will welcome any sign of life. If you've got him you're playing him so hopefully his June looks a lot more like April (1.000 OPS) than May (.623).

 

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Thursday in Texas, Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with one walk, one run and one RBI. The bulk of those stats came on his sixth inning HR which gives him 11 on the season and his first in the month of May. Ramirez's other hit was a double (4).

Fantasy Impact: Not the Ramirez would admit it, but the shoulder injury that he suffered in late April coincided with the disappearance of his power at the plate. Hopefully, Thursday's performance is a harbinger of things to come and Hanley is able to recapture some of that April magic as the clock turns to June. He's definitely a safe start at SS right now as there aren't a whole lot of better options.

 

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Hanley Ramirez left Friday's game in the sixth inning after getting hit in the left hand by pitch, the Boston Herald reports. Tests on his hand showed no fracture, according to manager John Farrell. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The injury to Hanley Ramirez's hand does not sound serious and could be day to day. There should be more news coming out on Saturday. Ramirez has struggled at the plate since coming back from his shoulder injury earlier in the season.

 

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Hanley Ramirez has a four hit game

Fri, May 15th 11:49am EDT
By Chris McCoy

Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-5 in Boston's first game of a four game series in Seattle. One of the four hits was a double. Ramirez is now batting .284 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez's first few games back after his shoulder injury saw him collect only one hit in 15 at-bats. However, in the last two games Hanley has found his stroke again going 6-for-9. He has yet to hit a HR since returning, so its possible that the shoulder injury sapped some of his power, but it could also be a correction from his 10 HR April. Ramirez is a safe bet to start in any format.

 

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Hanley Ramirez returns to line-up

Mon, May 11th 11:18am EDT
By Chris McCoy

Hanley Ramirez returned to the Boston line-up over the weekend after missing four games with a strained shoulder. Before Sunday's game in Toronto, Ramirez said of his shoulder "Its a work in progress". He was 1-for-8 in the final two games of the series and scored two runs. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: The good news here is that Ramirez only missed what was essentially 4 games with a shoulder injury. The bad news is that we don't really know how the injury will affect his performance going forward. For the time being you can expect him to lose a few AB's here and there as the Red Sox try to give him some time to recover. However, unless you have a better option at SS, its probably best to leave him in your line-up until things are more clear.

 

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Hanley Ramirez taking some swings, could hit on the field on Saturday. Manager John Farrell said DL looking unlikely according to Pete Abraham on Twitter. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Hanley Ramirez fantasy owners. He has not played since Monday and it has been unknown how long he would be out. With this news it could be Sunday or the beginning of next week when Ramirez will be back in action.

 

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Hanley Ramirez left Tuesdays game after cathing a fly ball and crashing into the left field wall. It was later released that he has a sprain in his left shoulder which has already been operated on twice. He is currently listed as day-to-day and its looking better that he may return to the line-up soon and not have to go on the DL. (Source: Baseball Tonight Official Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: So what does this mean for the Red Sox. The Red Sox have struggled offensively lately not getting enough runs to win after falling behind early in games. The pitching staff also have not been able to shut down the other teams offense early in starts. Without Ramirez the Red Sox lose their biggest offensive contributer. If the red sox are going to get anywhere without Ramirez then the pitching staff needs to step up and start pitching, good baseball deep into games. Look for key younger guys to start stepping and trying to fill Ramirez's role like Mookie Betts, and zander bogarts. Also look for David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval to take over the offensive duties. It'll be interesting to see if the Red Sox will bring up Rusney Castillo to fill the gap in left field if Allen Craig doesn't workout. No matter what happens the Red Sox need to get Hanley Ramirez back in order to climbout of the basement of the AL east.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is considered day-to-day and will be monitored over the next couple of days before the Red Sox consider placing him on the DL, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez sprained his left shoulder colliding with a wall to try to make a catch. This shoulder has been surgically repaired twice in his career so the Red Sox are going to use caution with their star player. Keep your eye on updates as he is listed as day to day but could be put on the 15 day disabled list.

 

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Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in two runs in four at-bats in Wednesday night's win over the Blue Jays. It was the second consecutive game in which he's homered and fourth in the last three games.

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez is on a hot streak to start the season. He already has 10 home runs and 22 RBI which ties him with Nelson Cruz for the league lead. If Ramirez can stay healthy he could put up some serious numbers this year.

 

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Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a HR and two more RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez brought his season average up to .295 to go with his nine HRs and 20 RBI. He has been a fantasy stud early on for his owners and is a must start every day he's in the Red Sox lineup

 

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Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 Sunday afternoon slugging two homers to bring his season total to eight.

Fantasy Impact: Hanley is having an incredible start to his reunion season with the Red Sox. He has his batting average sitting at .300 with eight HRs and 18 RBI so far, he is a must-start in all fantasy formats.

 

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Tuesday against the Rays, Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. The stolen base was his first of the year, and he is now hitting .269 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is not the speed threat he was early in his career when he was a lock to steal between 20-30 bases, but he can still swipe a bag here and there. After all he did steal 14 last season with the Dodgers. Its possible that Ramirez could still get double digit steals in 2015 as he knows how to pick his spots coupled with the Red Sox highly efficient (10-for-10 in SB's in 2015) and aggressive approach on the base paths.

 

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Hanley Ramirez (illness) expects to play Tuesday in Boston's series-opener versus the Rays. (Source: Gordon Edes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez left in the third inning of Monday's game which turned out to be an illness. He should be ready to play Tuesday but keep an eye on his status closer to game time.

 

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Hanley Ramirez hit his fourth home run of the season on Wednesday in the Red Sox loss to the Nationals. Ramirez currently has a .278 average to go with a .953 OPS and nine RBI's through 8 games played.

Fantasy Impact: Thus far this season Ramirez has put up good numbers for an outfielder, so that fact the he is probably starting at short stop in most leagues is huge bonus for owners. He has shown throughout his career the ability to stay hot for prolonged periods when he's healthy and right now he is healthy. Keep him in your line-up as long he's on the field.

 

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Hanley Ramirez shifted from the left field to third base Tuesday against the Nationals after Pablo Sandoval left the game for precautionary reasons. Sandoval had been hit in the foot by a pitch in the previous inning.

Fantasy Impact: Normally, super utility man Brock Holt would have been called upon to take over at third, but with him already at short for an ailing Bogaerts, the Red Sox had few options. While its Boston's preference that Hanley spend as much time in left field as possible, Tuesday's emergency fill-in shows that its possible Ramirez could pick up some games at third throughout the season. Keep an eye on this and check your league rules as Hanley may sneak in some third base eligibility for this season or next.

 

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Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan done on his right foot after the game on Monday, and the exam came back negative. Manager John Farrell expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday. (Source: Brain MacPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez had to leave Monday's game after fouling a ball off of his right foot. It looks like he is ok after the exam. Check in to see if he actually plays on Tuesday. With the Red Sox depth they can afford to give him a night off.

 

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Hanley Ramirez's first game with the Red Sox was huge going 2-for-5 with a grand slam and another solo shot in Boston's 8-0 win over the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: If Hanley Ramirez can stay healthy this year he may finally put up numbers that could make him an MVP candidate. He is in a good hitting park and in the middle of a strong lineup.

 

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Red Sox manager John Farrell has nothing but good things to report so far this spring in regards the Hanley Ramirez and his presence in the Boston clubhouse. Ramirez to his credit said that during his time in the Marlins and Dodgers organizations he learned a lot about how to prioritize the team's interest over his own. (Source: Brian MacPherson - Providence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Attitude is not something that necessary shows up in the stat line in a quantifiable way. However, reports like these are certainly encouraging considering the organization and position changes Ramirez made this off season. While he's not the all around fantasy stud he was his first 5 season in Miami, Ramirez was still good enough to post a 132 OPS+ in 449 AB's with the Dodgers last season. Production like that easily slides him into the top tier for fantasy baseball shortstops.

 

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Returning to the team that originally drafted him, new Boston outfielder Hanley Ramirez seems to have matured and found a new perspective on his baseball career. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Mature or not, Hanley Ramirez can hit. The question has always been his health. The move to the outfield could reduce the everyday wear and tear that wore Ramirez down while manning shortstop. If so, a monster year could follow for the 31 year old who will still retain his SS eligibility in 2015.

 

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Hanley Ramirez is planning on arriving in Fort Myers on Feb. 9, about two weeks before position players are due to report. That will give Ramirez additional time to get work in at his new position, left field. But even before he arrives for spring training, his preparation has already begun. Ramirez has been working out in the outfield in his native Dominican Republic for several weeks now. "I've een working on balls [hit] over my head and [moving] side-to-side,'' said Ramirez at the Red Sox' Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Casino, "and hitting the cutoff man. I think if I put in all the work in that I need to put to get better, it's not going to be that hard.'' Ramirez has brief experience playing the outfield in Instructional League and winter ball and thinks he can make the transition successfully. (Source: CSNNE)

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez starting training camp two weeks early is great news for Red Sox fans and fantasy owners. Ramirez has never been known for his effort and dedication so to hear that he is committed to learning a new position could mean a new attitude. Ramirez could be primed for a huge year if he can stay healthy and is able to learn left field.

 

Though John Farrell won't submit a lineup card in a regular-season game until April 6, the manager already has a pretty good idea of the way he plans on slotting his Red Sox players. In a radio interview with WEEI on Thursday night, Farrell revealed that he's leaning toward putting Hanley Ramirez in the cleanup spot. Farrell likes the left-right balance he could have in the middle of the order, with lefty David Ortiz batting third, followed by Ramirez (right-handed), Pablo Sandoval (switch-hitter) and Mike Napoli (righty). "The one thing that clearly stands out is we have balance left- and right-handed," Farrell said. "I have always liked David in the No. 3 hole. You know he is going to come up in the first inning. I think Hanley gives David some protection behind him. Then you start to create some protection, and we want to keep Sandoval on the left side of the plate as much as possible." (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The biggest key with Hanley Ramirez is staying healthy. He has proven in his previous stops that when he can stay on the field he is a dominant hitter. If Ramirez bats cleanup in the revamped Red Sox lineup he could be a top 10 fantasy player. Having shortstop eligibility as well as gaining outfield eligibility this season makes him even more intriguing. It will be a roll of the dice when drafting Ramirez this year. Fantasy owners who take the risk will be hoping for Ramirez to be able to stay in this lineup and have a monster year.