Red Sox 1B Hanley Ramirez out with sprained left wrist

SEATTLE (AP) — Hanley Ramirez avoided a significant injury and sustained only a sprained left wrist after slipping and falling on his way into the Red Sox clubhouse after Tuesday night’s loss to the Mariners.

Boston manager John Farrell said before Wednesday night’s game that X-rays and an MRI on Ramirez’s wrist came back clear and the first baseman is likely to miss only a few days.

“Structurally, he’s sound. He’s got some soreness in there. He’s day to day. I would expect it to be a couple of days at least,” Farrell said. “He went down in there pretty hard last night. Broke his fall with reaching back, but we wanted to be sure we did a full exam that included all that imaging before we made any comment.”

Ramirez slipped on a set of stairs leading to the Boston clubhouse after Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to Seattle. Ramirez was immediately taken for X-rays at the stadium and had an MRI on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. The results of the MRI were reviewed by the team’s hand specialist in Boston and it was determined there was no structural damage to the wrist, Farrell said.

“We did everything. Took X-rays and MRI. Everything looks fine. That made me feel better a little bit,” Ramirez said after Boston’s 3-1 loss on Wednesday. “I just have to wait for the pain to go down a little bit.”

Travis Shaw started at first base in Ramirez’s place on Wednesday, and Farrell said at this point the team doesn’t believe Ramirez is a candidate for the disabled list. He is hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 98 games. Ramirez hit a 454-foot home run in Tuesday’s loss.

“It’s (very) sore in there. I did a little bit of the treatment. I’ll get here early tomorrow and see how it feels,” Ramirez said. “I don’t have that much swelling, it’s just sore all the way around.”

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