Jose Ramirez needed a major rally just to be in the mix for a starting job this year after failing so epically as the Indians' starting shortstop early last year, and he got it in September, batting .299 with four home runs over his final 20 games, mostly at second base. That's where Jason Kipnis plays, of course, but it's possible the Indians move him into more of a Ben Zobrist role, accepting the defensive upgrade of Ramirez on a semi-regular basis while taking whatever he gives them with the bat. He was a decent contact hitter and base stealer in the minors, so he's worth drafting just for that possibility in AL-only Rotisserie leagues that call for a third middle infielder.
Ramirez (leg) has ended his winter ball season but is working on his conditioning in Florida, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ramirez suffered a scary looking leg injury in winter ball but it turned out to be nothing more than an ankle sprain and he's on track to be fully ready for the start of spring training.
Ramirez was carted off the field on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury while playing in the Dominican Winter League on Wednesday, but X-rays were negative and he is considered day-to-day, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. It looked like the injury could have been much worse, as Ramirez was in obvious pain after taking a hard slide at second base, but X-rays showed no break. While it's uncertain when Ramirez may return to Winter League action, it does not sound like this will jeopardize his status for spring training, where he will look to solidify his hold on the top utility infielder role.
Indians infielder Jose Ramirez was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Twins. Ramirez was initially slated to bat fifth and play third base, but Mike Aviles will assume the hot corner duties in the new lineup. It's unclear if the 23-year-old suffered a late setback, but the move may have been a reaction to a late pitching change by the Twins, switching from the right-handed Phil Hughes to southpaw Tommy Milone.
Indians infielder Jose Ramirez went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 9-5 victory over the Royals. The 23-year-old has had a rough season with the bat, but Saturday's performance was one of his best of the season. Ramirez's bat has been hot at the plate all month and is in the midst of a four-game stretch where he is hitting .421 (8 for 19) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, three RBI and six runs scored. His September average is also up to .333 after Saturday's effort, easily making it his most prolific month with the bat all season.
Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela is out of the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. Urshela is sitting for the second consecutive night, as manager Terry Francona has elected to give Chris Johnson the start at third base. The rookie has had a tough go in his first exposure to the majors, posting an on-base percentage of .278 and providing only 14 extra-base hits in 257 at-bats. He could lose more time to Johnson and Jose Ramirez at the hot corner over the final two weeks of the regular season.