The Cleveland Indians received some bad news on Sunday. Jose Ramirez is heading to the 10-day injured list with a broken right hand.
The Cleveland Indians will continue their playoff push without one of their best players. Third baseman Jose Ramirez was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand. According to Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the twenty-six-year-old will have surgery in New York on Monday.
Following the surgery, the Indians will be able to determine a timetable for his return. A return in the regular season is doubtful.
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Prior to being placed on the injured list, Ramirez was batting .254 with twenty home runs and seventy-five runs batted in. According to Fangraphs, Ramirez batting average ranked eighth among the Indians – with Francisco Lindor leading the pack.
If this injury does indeed end his season, he’ll finish with a posted .254/.325/.463 slashing line.
Ramirez is signed thru the 2021 season with a 2022-2023 team optioned – a deal reportedly worth $26 million. The 2-time All-Star was batting .364 in his last seven games, and .315 in his last thirty. He has played all 123 games he appeared in at the third base.
This is the first time Jose Ramirez will be placed on the injured list in the majors in his major-league career. He previously missed time in the minors with a hip flexor injury back in 2013.
In a corresponding move, the Cleveland Indians announced they’ve recalled infielder Yu Chang and he will be available for the team’s next game. His first appearance in the big-leagues will be his Major League debut.
He spent the previous two seasons in Triple-A and spent six seasons in total in the minor leagues. Before being called up, Chang was batting .253 in sixty-eight games this season for Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate. He was recently promoted to Triple-A Columbus.