The Cleveland Indians can breathe a sigh of relief after receiving the results of Jose Ramirez’s X-rays.
The team announced on Sunday evening that the All-Star third baseman suffered a left knee contusion after hitting a foul ball of his knee during his at-bat against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. X-Rays were negative and ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report that no bones were broken.
Ramirez will remain in Arizona while the team travels to Texas to face the Rangers before heading to Minnesota for the season opener on Thursday. His status for Thursday’s game is unknown.
It was a scary moment for both the team as well as the fans when Ramirez went down after taking the ball to his knee. He laid on the ground for a few minutes and had to be carted off the field.
Ramirez played in 20 games this spring with 52 at-bats and had a .231 batting average and .646 OPS with one home run and six runs batted in.
This injury comes days after both Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis were placed on the injured list and will be out until at least April 4 with calf injuries, not the best start for a team that’s expected to be a playoff team.
With Ramirez potentially sidelined for at least the start of the regular season, Cleveland will likely play Max Moroff at third base with the addition of veteran utility man Brad Miller playing second base in Kipnis’ absence and Eric Stamets at shortstop with Lindor’s absence.
Luckily none of these injuries should hold this team back long-term and the hope is that the three infielders will be back soon and be able to be the leaders of this Indians club for the 2019 season.