Hanley taking on heavier workload at 1B

Boston slugger continues to manage shoulder issues

July 22nd, 2017
Hanley Ramirez started at first against the Angels on Saturday night for the third time in the last five days. (AP)

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has had more flexibility with his roster over the last week as has shown an increased willingness to play first base.

From Opening Day until July 17, Ramirez was Boston's primary designated hitter and played just two games in the field, mainly because he's been getting treatment on both shoulders.

"The condition is being managed, I guess, is the best way to say it," said Farrell. "There are days where it might flare up a little bit more than others, but I think we're at that point in the year, two-thirds of the way through, that I don't know that there's anybody in our clubhouse that's 100 percent. He's doing a good job of getting ready."

Ramirez started at first against the Angels in Saturday night's 7-3 loss for the third time in the last five days and Mitch Moreland was able to get off his feet and be the DH.

After sending back to Triple-A last week to replenish a depleted bullpen, the Red Sox have been playing a position player short.

"Hanley is going to be at first base on Monday against [James] Paxton in Seattle. I think as we've gone through this stretch of games with one less position player, I think there's an understanding -- a shared understanding by all -- that, you know what, everyone's got to kind of filter in and do their part to give a little bit of a breather when possible," said Farrell.

The Red Sox expect to add another position player when they get to Seattle on Monday. Josh Rutledge, who is on a Minor League rehab assignment after suffering a concussion, is a top candidate. , who did a fine job for Boston in his last roster stint, isn't eligible to be recalled again until July 27.