Ramirez out against Yankees

first_imgFrom news services Manny Ramirez was not in Boston’s starting lineup Wednesday night because of a strained muscle on his left side, and the Red Sox slugger likely will be sidelined for several days. Ramirez came out of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning after aggravating the injury. He was examined by two doctors Wednesday and wasn’t sure how long he might be out. “I don’t know. Maybe a week?” Ramirez said. Red Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged Ramirez almost certainly would miss today’s series finala against the Yankees and probably won’t be available until at least Friday night against Baltimore. “I hate to say he’s not going to play before we need to, but that’s realistic,” Francona said. “He showed up early today – pretty sore. It’s not worse than he was yesterday, which is good.” Eric Hinske started in left field for the Red Sox and batted ninth. Mike Lowell moved up to the cleanup spot. Boston lost and how has a six-game lead in the AL East over the Yankees. Ramirez hit his 20th homer of the season in the series opener Tuesday. He is batting .292 with 86 RBIs and 32 doubles. Ramirez, who grew up near Yankee Stadium, has always been a nemesis for New York. He is hitting .479 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs in 27 games against the Yankees since the start of 2006. He also has 52 career homers against New York, tied with Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for fourth-most by a Yankees opponent. New York manager Joe Torre said facing the Red Sox without Ramirez makes “a huge difference.” “There’s two reasons: First of all, you don’t have Manny. And then you don’t have Manny sitting behind (David) Ortiz,” Torre said. Olsen may be off hook Florida Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen has enrolled in a pretrial diversion program that could lead to dismissal of felony charges against him stemming from a DUI arrest. Olsen was arrested around 4 a.m. on July 21 after allegedly refusing to pull over and getting into a fight with police. He was booked on charges of driving under the influence, resisting an officer with violence and fleeing and eluding an officer. Olsen’s trial had been scheduled for next month. If he completes the pretrial diversion program, felony charges will be dismissed, said his attorney, Walter Reynoso. Police approved the agreement, he said. “I’m thrilled that we got the result we got so far,” Olsen said. “We’re going step by step with the stuff I’ve got to take care of at my end.” Olsen declined to discuss what charity work he might do as part of the program. “Whatever they think is a good idea and whatever they come up with is what I’m going to do,” he said. The left-handed Olsen is 9-12 with a 5.60 ERA. Since his arrest he’s 1-5 with a 7.30 ERA, but he denied the matter has affected his performance. “You’re able to go out there for 2 hours every five days and block it out,” he said. “You think about it (the) other four days. It’s not that hard.” Around the leagues Orioles: Left-hander Erik Bedard will miss his scheduled start in Boston on Saturday because of a strained muscle in his right side, Manager Dave Trembley said. Bedard, the AL strikeout leader, is not expected to miss more than one turn in the rotation. “He woke up and felt some discomfort. I asked him how long he’s been like that, and he said three or four weeks,” Trembley said. “He said it didn’t affect his ability to pitch. He has marked improvement today, but I’m going to skip him on Saturday.” Reds: The team recalled left-hander Jon Coutlangus from triple-A Louisville and optioned right-hander Elizardo Ramirez to their top farm club. Coutlangus was 4-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 57 appearances before being optioned to Louisville on Aug. 7. Mets: Pedro Martinez will throw a bullpen session on Friday in Atlanta before the next step in his comeback from rotator cuff surgery is determined. Martinez was scheduled to throw in Florida, but instead the Mets moved it to Atlanta, where they’ll start a three-game series, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Martinez could pitch for the Mets’ New York-Penn League team in Brooklyn on Monday. … Catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. was sent to double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League. Alomar, who had been designated for assignment, hit .158 in six games with the Mets. Major league rosters expand Saturday, and Alomar could rejoin the team when he’s eligible to return next month. Rangers: Third baseman Travis Metcalf was put on the disabled list and utility player Jerry Hairston was activated from the DL. Metcalf strained his left hamstring running out a grounder Tuesday against the White Sox. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img