Two regulars are not in the starting lineup for the
Ramirez hasn't been a force at the plate for much of the season but turned things on against the White Sox, going 5 for 10 with three walks and three stolen bases in the last three games. He broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning and his team didn't relinquish the lead over the remainder of the game.
"He looks like he's starting to play with some confidence," manager Terry Francona said, per Northeast Ohio Media Group. "His energy rounding the bag at first ... he looks like the Jose we became really fond of last year. That's very welcome.
"His batting average (.198) is going to be low for a while, but if he starts playing like that it will give us a huge lift."
Ramirez has hit .198/.260/.261 with one home run, seven RBI and eight stolen bases in 111 at-bats.
Aviles is currently on the family medical emergency list after his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, but he should be back this weekend.
He would replace struggling
"I'm encouraged by the way Jose continues to work, both offensively and defensively, to try to improve his performance," said general manager Chris Antonetti. "But it's been a struggle for him. He's a young player that's going through an extended struggle in the major leagues in an environment where there's high expectations for team success."
Ramirez has admitted that, though he remains confident, he's not the same player that helped spark the team following the 2014 trade of Asdrubal Cabrera.
His potential demotion would thrust
The struggling Indians are struggling partly because current shortstop
The 21-year-old Lindor, however, has not been tearing it up for the Clippers. He has started slow at every level and the same has held true in 2015. He does have a six-game hitting streak, but that has served to raise his average to just .256.
The Indians have claimed that Lindor needs more seasoning in the minors.
Ramirez's error in Tuesday's loss marked the sixth miscue in 24 games played for Ramirez, who made only four errors in 56 games last season. At the plate, Ramirez is hitting just 1-for-24 against left-handed pitching, earning him a seat on the bench.
"He used to walk around like he owned the field," Francona said. "And the one thing we always talked about so much was his clock. Right now, I think he's definitely pressing a little bit, and I understand it."
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