Watch Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia Receive Massive Ovation In Season Debut

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In Pedroia's absence, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have gotten the majority of playing time, but Nunez is hitting a somewhat disappointing.243 on the year and Holt is batting.194 in 31 at-bats at second base this season.

Pedroia, a four-time All-Star, had been Boston's opening day second baseman every year from 2007-17. We wished him nothing but the best. Boston has seven days to work out a trade or grant Ramirez his unconditional release.

"It seems like it's either no hits for me, or a multi-hit game", Benintendi said of his inconsistent season, which has him batting a respectable.283 after Saturday. Platoon, pinch-hit late in the game ... that's not a good role for Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez could file a grievance saying the Red Sox tried to keep him from reaching his $22 million vesting option.

"We're going to put him in a spot where, I do feel, he's going to be a run producer", Cora added. That established, finances nearly certainly played a role in the decision - Ramirez was 302 plate appearances away from having his $22 million option vest for next season.

When Hanley is focused he can be a contributing factor to the Red Sox.

The finely tuned working duo of manager Alex Cora and president Dave Dombrowski are firmly in control of the Red Sox right now and for the foreseeable future. Given the slump he's in, and the way Mitch Moreland has been playing (.311 average, 1.001 OPS), it's unusual that change in playing time hasn't happened yet.

Manager Alex Cora said Thursday that Pedroia will come off the disabled list for a weekend series at Fenway Park against Atlanta.

Wanting to get Moreland to the plate more is a no-brainer - he's hitting.311 with the third highest OPS on the team - but not simply moving Ramirez to the bench tells the story.

And neither is Cherington, whose two worst and most expensive decisions - Ramirez and Sandoval, the "Gold Bust Twins", as our paper pegged them - are if not off the books at least out of the clubhouse.

Just in case you had any doubts before, there's no doubt after Friday's startling decision to say goodbye to Hanley Ramirez. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye. "It was a two-run game, Steven (Wright) comes in and he didn't blink". His best season was in 2016 (.286 average and 30 home runs). After that, Ramirez will be free to seek a new team.

"Versatility is very important to me". Dombrowski said the move was less about saving on Ramirez's salary next year than it was about improving this year's team. "Love you always", Ramirez tweeted.

This is a move the Red Sox should have waited to do until the end of the season.