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Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder is causing all kinds of problems

03.02.17 at 10:45 pm ET

Hanley Ramirez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez might not like it, but he just landed with the best-case scenario.

After talking to Moises Alou, the general manager of Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, it was determined that Ramirez would be going to represent his country in the tournament due to the slugger’s lingering right shoulder stiffness.

“We settled some points,” said Ramirez, who is being replaced on the DR roster by Jean Segura. “Tried to wait to recover and how we were going to do it, maybe I could meet the team in Miami, give me a week to stay here and get healthy. He told me he wanted the chemistry of the team, he wanted everyone together from the first day. I said ‘Yeah, that’s fine. If you don’t find somebody, you can call me.’ I leave my door open to go but that’s his decision and I just have to get healthy.”

It was the right move, especially now we know that this whole shoulder thing was a bit worse than previously thought.

Ramirez also took it slow leading into last season’s spring training games, not initially throwing during the first few workouts on the back fields at JetBlue Park. But by the time March 2 came around, he was at first base with clearance to throw away.

Exactly one year later, Ramirez offered some comparison when asked if the achy right shoulder felt the same.

“That’s a little different because last year I was able to throw. This year is a little bit different,” said Ramirez, who explained he started feeling the tightness a “couple of days” after arriving in camp. “Right now we’re looking good.”

Without the pressures of the WBC, or even having to play first base, Ramirez can now take his time. Which is good, because it appears as though he is going to need it.

“It’s a long spring,” said Ramirez, who hit his first home run of the spring Thursday. “We’re going to go slowly. Like I said, I’ve got to be ready for April.”

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