CLEVELAND, Ohio – Manager Terry Francona is familiar with he demands to see Hanley Ramirez swing the bat in spring-schooling game titles. His timetable is just a minimal slower-paced than Ramirez would like.
Ramirez, who joined the Indians Tuesday on a minimal-league deal, informed reporters Thursday that he’d be completely ready to perform in game titles “tomorrow.” Francona favored Ramirez’s enthusiasm, but mentioned there was no rush.
“There will be a minimal bit of a buildup,” Francona informed reporters Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. “My guess it’s more like 4 or five days. He hasn’t been on the bases. There are some matters we require to carry out initially just to put him in a superior put.
“I’m glad he would like to get out there, but we want to do this appropriate.”
Ramirez, 35, performed 18 game titles of winter season ball this off-year. But he has not performed in a significant-league match given that May, when the Pink Sox selected him for assignment.
“I think he’s in a superior put,” mentioned Francona. “He is familiar with he has to clearly show some matters. We want him to thrive. There’s no question about that.”
Ramirez is a .290 lifetime hitter with 269 homers and 909 RBI in 13 significant-league seasons. Soon after hitting .341 (29-for-85) with a few homers and 17 RBI in April, he slumped in May and the Pink Sox produced him. He performed a month for Licey in winter season ball in the Dominican Republic.
“I do not think he demands to prove who he is,” mentioned Francona. “What he’s finished has been genuinely huge. But his past match was in May. Our goal is to win. So there are some matters he demands to prove.
“We want to give him the very best opportunity. So by speeding him out there, even although he’s keen to do it, I do not think places him in the very best opportunity to do that.”
Francona says Ramirez, must he make the group, will devote most of his time at DH. The Indians shed so substantially offense in excess of the winter season, they require generation in the center of the lineup. Ramirez’s past significant year was 2016 when he strike .286 (157-for-549) with 30 homers and 111 RBI for Boston.
Ramirez will make $1 million moreover incentives if he will make the 25-male roster.
When Ramirez does start actively playing this spring, Francona will be seeking at more than his stats.
“You’re seeking for bat velocity,” he mentioned. “Seeing if he appears to be like himself, which is the biggest point. Men in the batting cage say he appears to be wonderful. That’s a superior start.”