Ramirez underwent surgery on his right shoulder July 15, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Ramirez has reportedly been dealing with shoulder discomfort over the last few years, per Heyman. Following the procedure, the veteran is hopeful to be able to contribute for a big-league team in 2020. He's been a free agent since the end of April when he was cut loose by the Indians.
Ramirez cleared waivers and elected free agency Tuesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Ramirez was designated for assignment Saturday after Francisco Lindor (calf/ankle) was activated from the injured list, and he went unclaimed on the waiver wire. Given Ramirez's decline at the dish in recent years, it may be difficult for the 35-year-old to find a new home in the big leagues.
The Indians designated Ramirez for assignment Saturday.
Cleveland pulled the plug on Ramirez after a spot on the active roster was needed to facilitate star shortstop Francisco Lindor's (calf/ankle) return from the 10-day injured list. After attending camp on a minor-league deal, Ramirez won an Opening Day job as the team's everyday designated hitter, but he managed only a .625 OPS in 57 plate appearances. Assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers, the 35-year-old seems likely to be granted a release from the organization rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Given his age, lack of defensive value and declining bat, it's possible Ramirez's time in the big leagues could be over.
Ramirez is not starting Wednesday against the Mariners
Ramirez sits for the fourth time this season. He's hitting just .188 on the year. Tyler Naquin will be the designated hitter for Wednesday's contest.
Ramirez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Ramirez finds himself as the odd man out after the Indians called up veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A Columbus and inserted him into the lineup in the series finale. With a .179/.304/.359 slash line through 46 plate appearances this season, Ramirez hasn't provided the impact at designated hitter the Indians were counting on. Unless he's able to catch fire at the plate in the near future, Ramirez's spot on the roster could be on shaky ground.
Ramirez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Ramirez will rest for the second time in the series after previously getting the day off in Thursday's opener. The veteran failed to record a hit in his lone at-bat Saturday, though he drew a season-high three walks to boost his on-base average to a robust .385.
Ramirez is not in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Ramirez will head to the bench after starting the first five games of the season for the Indians. Jake Bauers will get the start at DH in place of Ramirez, allowing Greg Allen to pick up a start in the outfield. The veteran slugger is 4-for-17 with a pair of homers and three RBI so far this season.
Ramirez went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Twins.
The offenses combined for just six hits and six walks on the afternoon, yet Ramirez had no issues seeing the ball as he reached base in all four plate appearances. The veteran slugger went 0-for-3 in his debut with the Indians on Thursday but is quickly making an impact after spending most of last season without a team.
The Indians selected Ramirez's contract and will deploy him as their designated hitter in Thursday's season opener against the Twins, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. He'll hit fifth in the order.
Ramirez should be in store for regular action at DH so long as his performance warrants a spot in the lineup, though he may be at risk of dropping in the batting order once Francisco Lindor (calf/ankle) returns from the injured list. The 35-year-old has a strong overall track record at the big-league level, but he slashed an ugly .254/.313/.395 in 195 plate appearances for Boston in 2018 before the club eventually released him.
Ramirez has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.
Ramirez hit .239/.271/.435 in 15 games this spring as a non-roster invitee. His exact role remains undetermined, as the Indians have a number of relatively interchangeable hitters. He should get at least the occasional start at first base or designated hitter, but he's recorded an above-average batting line just once in the last four years, so there's no guarantee he sticks on the roster for long if the results don't improve.
Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Ramirez would be on the Opening Day roster if the Indians don't make further roster additions, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Ramirez joined the Indians as a non-roster invitee in late February and has a .278/.316/.528 slash line with two home runs this spring. Assuming the 35-year-old makes the roster, the Indians would have Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers to cover first base and designated hitter, but playing time could open up if Bauers sees regular time in the outfield.
Ramirez will start at designated hitter and bat fourth Monday in the Indians' Cactus League game versus the Padres, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Ramirez will be making his spring debut after his Feb. 23 signing kept him behind the rest of the Indians' healthy hitters in the early stages of camp. A non-roster invitee, the 35-year-old Ramirez will likely need to perform well at the dish over the next couple weeks of Cactus League action to claim a spot on the Tribe's Opening Day roster. If his performance warrants it, Ramirez could have a path to an everyday role if the Indians elect to move Jake Bauers off of first base and deploy him in the corner outfield.
Ramirez signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Ramirez has been a free agent since being let go by the Red Sox last May, with his .708 OPS over 44 games in 2018 representing a career low. The 35-year-old's path to a roster spot remains difficult as he is unlikely to be utilized beyond the role of a designated hitter and first baseman given his typically poor defense. Ramirez hasn't played another position in the field since seeing 91 games in left field and one game at third base with Boston in 2015.
Ramirez intends to play winter baseball during the offseason and will attempt to sign with a major-league team for the 2019 campaign, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Ramirez was let go by the Red Sox at the end of May, and he failed to find work elsewhere within the league for the remainder of the year. He got off to a rough start with Boston through the first 44 games of the season, batting .254 with six home runs, 29 RBI and 35 strikeouts. Despite this, the 34-year-old believes he still has something left in the tank and figures to at least draw an invitation to spring training.
Ramirez is not involved with any federal or state investigation, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Ramirez was reportedly connected to an incident in which drugs were recovered by police in a traffic-stop search. Ramirez was not present for the incident, which reportedly involved a friend who dropped his name in hopes of avoiding arrest. This contradicts prior reports which held that the driver said the drugs belonged to Ramirez and that the driver FaceTimed him during the stop. Assuming this latest report is accurate, there shouldn't be any legal issues preventing Ramirez from finding a new major-league team.
Ramirez is being "eyed" in connection with a federal and state investigation, Michelle McPhee of ABC News reports. McPhee told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Friday that investigators are determining whether Ramirez was connected to a recent traffic stop -- for which Ramirez was not present -- where drugs were recovered by law enforcement.
Though Ramirez, the Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball denied knowledge of any law-enforcement activities surrounding this incident, there have been whispers around Boston media that some negative story on Ramirez has been due to come out. McPhee, who previously was involved in breaking legal news surrounding Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, told the radio show about reports police stopping a driver tied to a widespread Massachusetts drug ring. When the drugs were found at the traffic stop, the driver allegedly told the police the substances belonged to Ramirez and FaceTimed him during the stop. There'll probably be more to come regarding the veracity of this report, whether Ramirez is actually involved and whether any of this will hinder his ability to find another big-league job.
The Red Sox announced the release of Ramirez on Friday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
This was the expected result after Boston designated Ramirez for assignment last week, with no team willing to put a waiver claim on him due to his hefty contract. The 34-year-old can now sign with any team without the burden of his previous salary. Ramirez slashed .254/.313/.395 in 195 plate appearances with Boston this season, and was in the midst of an 0-for-21 skid when he was let go.
The Red Sox have requested unconditional release waivers on Ramirez, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
He'll more than likely become a free agent in two days after passing through waivers untouched (thanks to his hefty contract). The 34-year-old had hit .254/.313/.395 across 44 games with the Red Sox prior to being designated for assignment last week.
The Red Sox will designate Ramirez for assignment Friday, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
Ramirez will get bumped from the 40-man roster to make room for the return of Dustin Pedroia (knee) from the disabled list. This comes as a surprise, seeing as Ramirez still has $15 million left on his contract for the 2018 season. Boston will have a week to either trade or release the 34-year-old designated hitter/first baseman. Ramirez is slashing .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBI across 44 games this season.
Ramirez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Ramirez is hitting just .188 in 16 games played this month and will retreat to the bench as the Red Sox take on David Hess and the Orioles. Mitch Moreland will occupy first base duties in his stead.
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