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How is Hanley Ramirez dealing with not being at World Baseball Classic? He sleeps

03.17.17 at 12:51 am ET

Hanley Ramirez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There was a reason Hanley Ramirez wanted to play once again in the World Baseball Classic. It looks like a lot of fun.

But Ramirez wasn’t with his Dominican Republic countrymen when they took on Venezuela Thursday night. Instead he could be found getting three more at-bats at JetBlue Park during the Red Sox’ 4-3 win over the Pirates.

He works out. He sits at his locker. He plays in meaningless Grapefruit League games. Thanks to a balky right shoulder, this is the life Ramirez has been living. It’s a far cry from the festive atmosphere of the WBC.

So how is Ramirez dealing with not being with his WBC team?

“I don’t watch it. I go to sleep,” Ramirez told WEEI.com. “It’s tough because I want to go out and represent my country, but I couldn’t do it. So it’s tough, yeah.”

Ramirez does say, however, that the early bedtime isn’t strategic.

“When I leave the stadium I just go to sleep. Not because I don’t want to watch it or nothing like that,” he said. “I’m just tired.”

Ramirez’s priority right now is to get healthy enough to start playing games at first base, where he hasn’t manned yet during this spring training.

Red Sox manager John Farrell has said he is optimistic Ramirez will be ready to play in the field when the regular season rolls around, with the Red Sox’ plan to put him at the position against left-handed starting pitchers.

Ramirez — who his hitting .258 with an .877 OPS with two home runs in Grapefruit League play — shares that optimism.

“I’m feeling better,” he said. “It’s a day-to-day thing. Day by day.”

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