Report | Hanley Ramirez likely out after undergoing MRI

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 14: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) looks on during the Major League Baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies on June 14, 2017 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez will likely be out for a bit after he underwent an MRI on Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported.

Ramirez will miss his second straight game on Friday after he was out of the lineup in the previous contest.

Manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald that Ramirez’s shoulders have flared up again.

The 33-year-old has been as cold as the weather in Boston gets around this time of the year. He has scattered just six hits in last 44 at-bats, watching his average dip to .238 over that span, which dates back to Aug. 31.

Ramirez, who joined the Red Sox after the 2014 season on a four-year deal, is a three-time All-Star, and former NL Rookie of the Year when he was with the Marlins.

Though he’s accumulated a 37.5 WAR over his career, he’s posting a -0.3 clip entering the weekend. He’s been sliding as the season progresses, and will be a power bat in the lineup the Red Sox will need to come through in order to make a deep run into the postseason with the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians as primary AL contenders.

The Red Sox get their ace in Chris Sale on the mound for Friday’s game against the Rays, which will be a three-game home stand and the last time the two AL East clubs will meet in the regular season. Sale, who has 16 wins on the season, faced off against Tampa Bay in his most recent start and blanked the Rays offense en route to a 9-0 Boston win.

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