SARASOTA, Fla. -- There has been no change in the sore right shoulder that has slowed Hanley Ramirez early in Spring Training, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning. Ramirez is scheduled to leave camp Friday to join the Dominican Republic team in preparation for the World Baseball Classic."It
SARASOTA, Fla. -- There has been no change in the sore right shoulder that has slowed Hanley Ramirez early in Spring Training, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning. Ramirez is scheduled to leave camp Friday to join the Dominican Republic team in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.
"It would be safe to say if no improvements or ramping up in the throwing program in the next 24-48 hours, additional testing is probably needed at that point," Farrell said. "But as of today, no revelations in any way."
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Ramirez has been serving as the designated hitter to rest his shoulder, but has yet to play in the field.
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"His role with the Team Dominican is to DH. He's doing that now," Farrell said. "What we need to do is if in fact he goes, we've got to continue to be corresponding with their medical staff as best as possible to make sure work is being done and that there's some increase at some point of the throwing program.
"Hanley's aware of this, in our planning, that he's not solely a DH. So he's got to get his throwing program ramped up. We've got a month remaining. Right now, we don't feel like there's anything structural there. Again, in a couple of days, if that doesn't start to turn, we've got to get through some additional testing.
"[Testing has] been all manual testing in the training room," Farrell added. "The strength training, how he's responded to treatment, it's all been manual, in-house. Whatever testing beyond that is to be determined."
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Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com.