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Fantasy fallout of the Ramirez injury

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Once upon a pretty recent time, the Boston Red Sox had way too many outfielders, and fantasy owners were frustrated by the lack of clarity. Remember back about five or six weeks ago? These things tend to work themselves out, and for Tuesday, don’t be surprised if Boston’s outfield consists of Mookie Betts centering Allen Craig and Brock Holt. That’s because Monday’s big news was that left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who entered the evening eighth overall on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater, left in the first inning of a moribund 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a sprained left shoulder. He suffered the injury while hitting a wall attempting a catch.

For now, the Red Sox claim they don’t know whether a disabled list stint will be required, but based on Ramirez’s history it would indeed be a bit surprising if he plays anytime soon.