Ramirez to be monitored after scare

Ramirez to be monitored after scare

BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had the best view of the most unfortunate incident in Monday night's 13-5 victory over the A's.

Standing in the on-deck circle, Ortiz watched all too closely as his partner in crime Manny Ramirez was struck in the batting helmet by a pitch from Oakland's Danny Haren in the bottom of the first inning.

"But thank God it wasn't a fastball. It was a breaking ball," Ortiz said of the 81 mph pitch that knocked Ramirez out of a game for the second time in two days.

Ramirez was examined in the clubhouse by Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill.

"I don't think there are any concussion symptoms," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He was a little woozy. The good news was it wasn't a fastball, but it hit him square. I don't think he was quite sure which direction to go for a second there. But again, he's not showing symptoms of a concussion, so we'll check with him [Tuesday]."

Ramirez was not taken to the hospital. By the end of Monday's game, he was back at his home resting comfortably. The Sox were planning on monitoring his condition throughout the night.

It has been a painful couple of days for Ramirez, who has gone from the challenge of trying to break out of an early-season slump to simply trying to keep his body intact.

In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Ramirez was struck above the left knee on a pitch from Seattle's Joel Pineiro, forcing him out of that game. He returned for the late innings of the second game of that doubleheader and was back in the lineup on Monday, but not for long. Last week, Ramirez twisted his right ankle trying to field a ball in Detroit and was out of the lineup for one day.

The left fielder is hitting .250 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.

Ian Brown is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.