BOSTON – The days of Hanley Ramirez playing left field for the Boston Red Sox are over, at least for this season.

Meanwhile, Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo said the Red Sox will be moving around its three young outfielders – Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. – to see what is their best position for 2016.

“We’re going to mix and match (them),” Lovullo said Tuesday before Boston’s game against the Yankees.

Lovullo was asked if he saw Ramirez playing left field again.

“I do not,” Lovullo quickly replied.

Ramirez, who is currently out of the lineup with a sore shoulder, began working out at first base last week, with infield coach Brian Butterfield. He took grounders at first on Tuesday.

Ramirez had been an infielder his whole career (including some minor league time with the Portland Sea Dogs in 2005-06), but the Red Sox moved him to left field this season after signing him to a four-year contract.

The move has been disastrous with Ramirez ranked as the worst fielder in the majors, at any position, according to, which estimated that Ramirez has cost Boston 19 runs with his defense.

Meanwhile, the combination of Betts, Castillo and Bradley has energized the Red Sox defense.

“With how those young kids are doing in the outfield, you want to give them the time they deserve,” Lovullo said. “I love when those three kids are out there.”

They are also hitting. Bradley is batting .277 with a .913 OPS; Betts is hitting .274/.774; and Castillo is at .288/.744.

Betts, who converted to the outfield last year while with the Sea Dogs, has only played center field this season. Castillo has played only center and right.

“Mookie will get reps in left field and right field, and Rusney reps in left field,” Lovullo said. “Jackie can play anywhere.”

While the three will move around to all three outfield spots for the final month of the season, Lovullo said they will eventually settle into a more permanent position for the 2016 season.


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