Red Sox 2B to return Friday

Posted May 29, 2018

Dustin Pedroia was welcomed back to Fenway Park with a standing ovation, then proceeded to do most of the things he has done nearly on a nightly basis since making his major debut with the Red Sox in 2006.

Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the disabled list and was set to make his season debut against Atlanta after recovering from knee surgery. He told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that he expected to be "getting a phone call or be called into the office" to talk about his time in Boston being over when the Red Sox returned from their road trip early Friday morning. "We talked about all different types of possibilities".

"We just think it's time to make that move and put Mitch in the lineup more", Dombrowski said. Our club is quite deep. "We're in a situation where basically we're trying to do everything we possibly can to win, so that (Ramirez's 2019 salary) would not be an obstacle in that regard".

"The last couple of weeks I knew something had to happen", said Swihart, who was out of minor league options.

Secondly, Ramirez still has one more guaranteed year on his contract.

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The 34-year-old is a.300 career hitter with 140 home runs.

The night before, he hit a massive two-run homer in the seventh inning that almost sank the Yanks in the Bronx until Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel blew the save.

Ramirez's banishment is surprising for a few reasons.

Over and over, phrased differently each time, Dombrowski said that Ramirez would not be happy as a bench player, that it was not a good role for him.

Cora repeatedly alluded to Swihart's versatility when discussing his roster going forward, something that also helps make a case for Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez to remain in the picture.

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Ramirez signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox in 2014. He already had 195 this season, leaving him 302 shy of triggering that provision.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Ramirez's vesting option did not factor into the Red Sox's decision. The Red Sox now have seven days to trade or release Ramirez.

"It was a bit of a stunner", Yankees manager Aaron Boone. If he is not traded could we see Hanley join an AL contender?

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez watches his bases-loaded walkoff single in the twelfth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The 34-year-old Pedroia admitted to some nervousness in the clubhouse before batting practice.

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What now for Hanley and the Red Sox?

Pedroia was 1 for 14 (.071) during a five-game injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston Sports Journal's Sean McAdam reports that another executive speculates the Red Sox are trying to protect against a grievance by Ramirez.

Moreland, a lot more productive per plate appearance than Ramirez was once Ramirez began to cool off, will play more and Swihart will get more looks as well.

"We'll get him his at-bats and get him ready", Cora said.

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