Sox await test results on Hanley's left hand
Red Sox slugger suffers bruise when struck by batted ball while running to second base
BOSTON -- The fact that Hanley Ramirez was automatically out after being struck by a batted ball by teammate Xander Bogaerts was just bad luck. The true misfortune is that he suffered a left hand injury on the fluky play. Ramirez and the Red Sox can only hope the ailment is not significant.
Following a 5-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday, Ramirez was undergoing further imaging to determine if the injury is more than just the contusion that was originally announced.
"All imaging is being done right now," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. "The exam that was done here obviously didn't reveal anything concrete. So he's going through a CT-scan and X-ray here right now."
Earlier this season, Bogaerts was the one who was called out when he was hit by a batted ball. Ramirez was drilled on the left hand between first and second in the bottom of the fifth.
"It wasn't really a hit and run but once I saw him go, my whole angle was trying to hit the ball that way. Who would've known I'd hit a line drive that hit him?" Bogaerts said.
An inning later, things got worse for the Red Sox when Dustin Pedroia hobbled off with a right hamstring injury.
"Those are two essential parts of our lineup," said Bogaerts. "Two big guys, two big bats. Hopefully everything is good with them."
Ramirez went 2-for-2 before exiting the game and is hitting .341 in his past 24 games.