Red Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup

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"I'm right where I need to be". He'd already racked up 195 (he's appeared in 38 of the Red Sox's 50 games), and at that rate would definitely make it to 497. It's foolish to think otherwise. We wished him nothing but the best. In 431 games with Boston, Ramirez batted.260 (422-for-1,625) with 78 home runs and 255 RBI.

"We thought that was probably going to be the move", Cora said. "We were prepared to maybe go in a different direction". I know I didn't get any hits, but I hit some balls good, that's a good sign.

"I have a lot of trust in Alex, and Alex has a pulse of that situation", said Dombrowski.

I think the Red Sox should have kept Hanley.

With Holt, Nunez and Swihart, the Sox could, in theory, have three utility players available to them on the bench. That's certainly a valuable piece to have on the roster.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gestures in the dugout before an interaleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park Friday
Red Sox To Cut Ties With Hanley Ramirez

That's nonsense. Players should be ready and willing to play whenever their number is called.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's comeback from offseason knee surgery is complete.

Less than two weeks ago, Ramirez hit the eventual game-winning homer in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. When motivated, he could be lethal at the plate. Riley Williams III restored cartilage, and the Red Sox said then he was expected to miss more than the first month of the season.

The ability has always been there.

It's even more unusual the Sox have been hitting him at the top of the order right up until Thursday, when he batted second for them, which could signal a disconnect between front office and field level coaching staff. We've just got to be careful with him, too. "He hit third for this team", Cora said. Sometimes it is better to just admit you made a mistake and move on.

One of his first moves was to put an end to the Ramirez-as-left-fielder experiment that Ben Cherington wanted and move him to first base.

The decision to part ways with Ramirez may avoid a potentially awkward situation related to his $22 million vesting option for 2019.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Ramirez's vesting option did not factor into the Red Sox's decision. Ramirez's name came up before. The manager replied that it could have a positive effect. "It was a great win for us, and it was exciting".

"Versatility is very important to me".

In dumping Ramirez, Cora affirmed that he's the one running that clubhouse. The Giants and Royals had reached the World Series with high contact skills.

Ramirez was told early Friday after the team returned from Tampa.

Instead, Swihart's still here and will be a beneficiary of Ramirez's departure. He'd been staying healthy, something he's struggled to do throughout his career, and had racked up a.254/.313/.395 triple slash while playing first base and serving as the designated hitter.

Cora also vowed to give Swihart another look at catcher.

"That opened my eyes", Cora said. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye. If he is not traded could we see Hanley join an AL contender?