This is not what the doctor ordered to get the Red Sox out of their slump.
Left fielder Hanley Ramirez suffered a sprained left shoulder crashing into a side wall while attempting a running catch in Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the top of the first inning, Ramirez ran down a line drive to left off the bat of Rays first baseman James Loney. Ramirez appeared to make the catch, but the ball popped out of his glove with the crash.
Visibly shaken up on the play, Ramirez was removed from the game. After Boston's 5-1 loss, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Ramirez's status was day to day.
A bit sore, but back soon. Hang in there #RedSoxNation, and thanks for all the prayers— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) May 5, 2015
“He's day to day right now,” Farrell said. “Obviously the sprain to the left shoulder on the collision, we're hopeful over the next couple of days there's some improvement. There's no clear-cut DL at this point, so he's day to day.”
Allen Craig came on to replace Ramirez in left.
Entering the game, Ramirez led the Red Sox in home runs with 10, RBIs with 22 and OPS at .949. His .283 batting average was fourth on the team.
I promise, gonna try to be back as soon as I can— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) May 5, 2015
From 2011-14, Ramirez missed an average of 46 games a season with various injuries. Ramirez, while playing for the Marlins, had surgery on his left shoulder in 2007, and again in 2011 to correct instability.
“Based on the exams and images from tonight, I don't have anything that suggests that there's a recurrence of an old injury," Farrell said. "I think over the coming days we'll have a better read on how he can recover and we're hopeful that he won't miss significant time.”
Boston.com's Steve Silva contributed to this report.