X-rays negative after Hanley Ramirez fouls ball off left knee

BALTIMORE -- The sight of Hanley Ramirez lying at home plate Tuesday night, writhing in pain, surely caused shudders back on Yawkey Way, especially given how long Ramirez remained down while being attended to by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson.

But eventually, Ramirez, who had fouled a ball violently off his left knee, rose unsteadily to his feet, assured his examiners that he was OK, and finished his third-inning base on balls. The Red Sox, however, were taking no chances, lifting him for a pinch-runner, Rusney Castillo, upon his arrival at first base.

After Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox were optimistic that Ramirez would be OK.

"X-rays were negative," Farrell said. "He's got a contusion on the left side of his knee. He's a little sore, but nothing structural."