Red Sox Notes: Alex Cora, Hanley Ramirez Give Update On Slugger’s Injury

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The Boston Red Sox ended their three-game set with the New York Yankees on a high note, but there was some worry early in the game.

First baseman Hanley Ramirez left in the first inning after taking a Sonny Gray fastball to his wrist. He jumped around in pain for a few moments before eventually heading down the tunnel, marking the end of his night.

Later in the game, the Red Sox announced Ramirez suffered a wrist contusion, and that the X-rays were negative.

After the 6-3 win, Red Sox manager Alex Cora gave an update on the current status of Ramirez.

“Day-to-day. He was pretty sore,” Cora said, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “I actually think it hit him on the left (wrist) then hit him on the right one. I’ll talk to him tonight, most likely tomorrow we’ll give him the off day, play Mitch (Moreland) and then make a decision. But I’ve got to see where he’s at. The training staff, they feel probably one day will help him out.”

Ramirez himself weighed in on Twitter following the game, and he too gave a promising update.

The loss of Ramirez, even for just one game, obviously is a big blow to Boston’s offense, which lost its other hottest hitter in Xander Bogaerts on Sunday. Ramirez has been an integral part of the lineup as the No.3 batter, hitting .357 so far this season with a pair of doubles and home runs and 12 RBI to go with his .952 OPS.

But all things considered, Cora nor Ramirez sounded overly alarmed by what took place. And in all likelihood, a clearer picture of Ramirez’s health likely will come into focus Friday.

Here are some other notes from Red Sox-Yankees:

— Starting pitcher Rick Porcello was lights out Thursday night, mowing down Yankees hitters as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He was efficient with his pitches, not just in terms of his pitch count of 99, but also with his command. His sinker had a nice bite, while his changeup was mixed in well to fool hitters.

When asked what has been working for Porcello after a down 2017 season, Cora recalled his time as bench coach of the Houston Astros, and how Carlos Beltran analyzed the sinkerballer.

“I remember Carlos Beltran, he talked about him last year and he felt his stuff was still there, but his changeup wasn’t there,” Cora said. “Carlos faced him a few times I guess in the A.L. East, so when he talks guys listen and that was the feedback. He felt the velocity was there, the movement was there, but that pitch made him a different pitcher compared to the previous year.  … I think the changeup is the difference-maker compared to last year.”

— After exiting Wednesday’s game in the first inning, David Price is set to make his next start after a successful day of catch Thursday. The southpaw will start Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Angels, a day later than he otherwise would have pitched. In terms of bumping the start a day later, Cora noted that it was his decision because the Sox had the resources to let Price wait an extra day.

“I decided, for my sake, let’s just push it back and make sure that everything is fine. He is fine, but I’d rather give him one more day and he’ll pitch Tuesday.”

Added Price: “I told him I was fine for Monday or I could come back on Saturday or Sunday and go sit in the (bullpen) if needed. I told him I’d go out there whenever he wants, but he thought Tuesday would be better weather-wise, Monday looks really bad right now, so Tuesday is what he wanted.

“I knew (I was fine) this morning when I woke up, I knew it last night before I went to sleep,” Price continued. “There was never any thought in my mind that last year kind of reoccured or any of that. Hand was just completely numb and couldn’t feel it.”

Hector Velazquez will start Saturday, and Brian Johnson will go Monday.

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