Ramirez was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
After getting designated for assignment earlier in the week, he will officially head to Triple-A. Now that he is no longer on the 40-man roster, Ramirez may spend the rest of the year in the minors.
Ramirez was designated for assignment by Boston on Friday.
Ramirez's contract was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, but after just one appearance (in which he allowed four runs in three innings) he's been removed from not just the 25-man roster but the 40-man roster as well. After recording a 6.50 ERA in 10 starts for the Mariners last season, it's not guaranteed that he'll generate much interest on the waiver wire.
Ramirez's contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Ramirez has a mediocre 4.36 ERA in seven big-league seasons. He was particularly poor last year, getting knocked around for a 6.50 ERA in 10 starts with the Mariners. He'll fill a bullpen role in Boston, taking the spot vacated by Marcus Walden after Walden was optioned Monday.
The Red Sox reassigned Ramirez to their minor-league camp Monday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
After working primarily as a starting pitcher since reaching the big leagues in 2012, Ramirez was competing for a bullpen role with the Red Sox in spring training. The right-hander racked up 12 strikeouts over 10 innings this spring, but surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits (including three home runs) and one walk. Given his extensive big-league experience the past several seasons, Ramirez could request a release from the Red Sox rather than reporting to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Ramirez is expected to sign a minor-league deal with the Red Sox on Monday, an agreement which includes an invitation to spring training, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Ramirez spent 2018 with the Mariners, starting 10 games and posting an ugly 6.50 ERA. His chances of making Boston's roster may be greater as a reliever. For his career, the 28-year-old has a 4.46 ERA as a starter and a 4.04 ERA out of the bullpen.
Ramirez elected free agency after being outrighted from Seattle's 40-man roster Friday.
Ramirez only appeared in 10 games for the Mariners in 2018 due to a shoulder injury that cost him over three months of action. In those 10 starts, he logged a 6.50 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with just 33 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander will look for a new home after returning to Seattle from Tampa Bay at the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline.
Ramirez will work out of the bullpen to close out the 2018 season with James Paxton and Roenis Elias listed as the Mariners' probable starters for the final two games of their season-ending series with the Rangers.
Ramirez lost his rotation spot earlier in the week when Felix Hernandez returned from a hamstring injury, but there was renewed hope that the right-hander might draw a start after the Mariners decided to skip Mike Leake's final turn through the rotation Sunday against Texas. Instead, it appears manager Scott Servais will turn to Elias for those honors, though both Ramirez and/or Leake could be summoned from the bullpen behind Elias. All 10 of Ramirez's appearances with the big club have come as a starter this season, with the 28-year-old submitting a 6.50 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 45.2 innings.
Mariners manager Scott Servais was non-committal when asked Friday if Ramirez would receive a start during the team's four-game, season-ending series against the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "We'll see. We have guys coming back into the rotation," Servais said. We're trying to get the Oakland series set and we'll see how these guys throw in this series and then see how it all lines up for that last series against Texas."
From a performance standpoint, Ramirez has provided little reason for the Mariners to give him another nod, as he's turned in a 5.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6.8 K/9 in his eight outings since returning in August from a long-term absence due to a shoulder injury. With the Mariners bringing back James Paxton (illness) and Felix Hernandez (hamstring) into the rotation for Monday and Wednesday, respectively, the team would have six healthy starters on hand. With Seattle officially eliminated from postseason contention, it wouldn't be surprising if Servais rested one of his incumbent starters and offered Ramirez one final rebound opportunity. Even in that scenario, however, the right-hander wouldn't make for an especially appealing lineup option in most fantasy leagues.
Ramirez (2-4) suffered the loss against the Rangers on Friday, allowing six earned runs, four hits and two walks over 2.2 innings while striking out two.
Ramirez couldn't make his way out of the third frame, as Adrian Beltre gave him trouble with a three-run homer in the first and a two-run single in the third. Ramirez has now allowed 10 earned runs (four home runs) over his last two starts spanning 6.2 innings. Friday's outing increased his season ERA to 6.50, and he has a 33:12 K:BB ratio over 45.2 innings so far in 2018. His next start is currently slated for Wednesday against the Athletics.
Ramirez allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two across four innings Saturday against the Angels. He did not factor into the decision.
The Angels got to Ramirez early, with both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani taking him deep in the first inning. Ramirez settled in from there, allowing only a solo home run prior to being yanked after the fourth inning. Though he's capable of turning in solid outings, Ramirez has been too inconsistent to trust in most formats, allowing more than three earned runs in four of his last 10 starts.
Ramirez tossed five innings and took a no-decision Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in the 3-2 win over the Yankees.
Ramirez has been solid over his last two outings, allowing three runs in 10.1 innings, lowering his season ERA from 6.28 to 5.31 in the process. He's been fairly inconsistent in his 39 innings this season and will take on the Angels on Saturday for his next outing.
Ramirez (2-3) allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out five across 5.1 innings to earn the win Monday against the Orioles.
Ramirez bounced back after being shelled for seven earned runs in his previous start against the Padres. He exhibited good control, finding the strike zone with 55 of his 77 pitches and starting 12 of the 18 batters he faced with a strike. Ramirez has now allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his seven starts, but has combined to allow 18 earned runs across 12.2 innings in his other three outings.
Ramirez (1-3) took the loss Wednesday against the Padres, allowing seven runs on nine hits and one walk across three innings. He struck out two.
Ramirez never settled into this one, allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, one run in the second and four in the third before handing the ball to Roenis Elias for the final five frames. He served up two homers, a solo shot to Manny Margot and a three-run blast to Hunter Renfroe. The right-hander had allowed just two runs -- and no homers -- across 16 innings in his previous three starts before Wednesday's implosion. He'll carry a 6.28 ERA into his next start, which will come at home against the Orioles.
Ramirez (1-2) picked up the win against Arizona on Friday, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings, striking out six and walking one in Seattle's 6-3 victory.
Ramirez gave up 11 runs over his first two starts of the season, but he's been lights out since, as he's now surrendered just two earned runs over 16 innings in his last three outings. He was rewarded with his first win of the season following this quality start against the Diamondbacks. Ramirez's ERA still stands at 4.56 thanks to those rough first couple of starts, and he's posted a 4.24 mark over 611.2 career big-league innings, so it wouldn't be surprising if he continues to hover around that number as he logs more starts.
Ramirez allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday.
The results were good once again in his second start back from a shoulder injury -- Ramirez has allowed just one run over 10 innings since his return -- but it's never great when a pitcher has more walks than strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches Saturday after being limited to 79 pitches in his first start back. The reins are now off entirely heading into Ramirez's next outing, scheduled for Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Ramirez tossed five scoreless innings Sunday, allowing just three hits in the 4-3 win over Houston. He struck out three in the no-decision.
Making his first appearance since April 27, Ramirez bounced back from his shoulder injury nicely. In his two previous starts this season, he gave up 11 runs in just 9.2 innings of work. The 28-year-old threw 79 pitches in Sunday's outing and should slowly get a longer leash as he works to regain his conditioning. He'll aim for his first win of 2018 on Saturday against the Dodgers.
Ramirez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of his scheduled start Sunday.
As expected, the right-hander will finally return from a shoulder injury that has nagged him since the first month of the season. He struggled during April as his 10.24 ERA and seven homers allowed suggests, though that may have been more a result of the injury than anything. Regardless, Ramirez will immediately take over the rotation spot vacated by Felix Hernandez, putting him in line to take on Dallas Keuchel and the Astros in a major divisional matchup. To make room for him on the active roster, reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Ramirez (shoulder) will return from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Ramirez was originally expected to make another rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. That plan has been cancelled, with the righty instead returning to the big-league rotation to take the spot vacated by Felix Hernandez. Ramirez has been out since late April with a shoulder injury but has made several rehab appearances in recent weeks, apparently doing enough to convince the Mariners that he's ready to go.
Ramirez (shoulder) will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was thought to be done with minor-league appearances after last Sunday's rocky outing, but it was precisely the struggles Ramirez encountered that appear to be responsible for his rehab assignment extending for at least one more start. Ramirez could be the leading candidate to take the recently-demoted Felix Hernandez's spot in the starting rotation, though due to Saturday's upcoming appearance, he won't get the first opportunity at doing so.
Manager Scott Servais said Ramirez (shoulder) will likely make another rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma in the coming days, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports.
Servais added that Ramirez had some mechanical issues during his previous outing with Tacoma on Sunday, so the organization wants to see one last start before the right-hander returns to the big leagues. During Sunday's contest, he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four across four innings. That marked his fourth rehab start since landing on the DL with a right Teres major strain at the beginning of May.
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