We still don’t know if Hanley Ramirez is heading to World Baseball Classic, but it sure sounds like he thinks he is
|02.28.17 at 10:18 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Farrell didn’t have any answers Tuesday morning. Those will have to come over the next few days.
The Red Sox manager explained that there has been no further definition when it comes to whether or not Hanley Ramirez will join Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Ramirez, who is slated to leave camp to join Team DR in Miami Friday, still hasn’t played first base, with his throwing shoulder remaining somewhat of an issue due to stiffness. He continues to serve as the Red Sox primary designated hitter in Grapefruit League games.
“He’s in the lineup again today so how we get through the next couple of days and what his ultimate role will be in the WBC, that is still yet to be determined,” Farrell said.
Would he go to the WBC if first base is taken off the table?
“If that’s the role that they intended for him, I don’t know how we can say no to that,” Farrell explained. “Depending on how he comes out of the next couple of days, we have to figure out how severe it is, what the risk would be from a health standpoint and that’s going to require more discussions than just between Hanley and I.”
As their manager explained, the Red Sox’ hands are tied a bit when it comes to steering Ramirez away from the WBC, with Major League Baseball making it a priority for players who have already committed to going.
“For players who are on the roster, something has to be substantiated,” Farrell said. “It can’t be something that is arbitrary that says, ‘At this point, I don’t want to go.’ He’s getting treatment every day. As of today, I can’t sit here and say he’s not going.”
Farrell added: “My understanding is that it’s not dependent on the name of the player. Once a player agrees to go, we can’t stand in the middle of that and keep them from going. If health is the one thing that starts to get in the middle of it, then it’s more of a discussion and more than just one person making that decision.”
Ramirez was later asked if he thinks he’s going to the WBC and he responded, “Yeah, why not?”
To read more on how the Red Sox should prioritize keeping Ramirez in Fort Myers, read my column by click here.
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