CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Indians have made a roster move.
Third baseman Jose Ramirez has been placed on the 10 day injured list with a fracture in his right hand.
He was injured in the first inning of last night’s 4-2 win over Kansas City.
We have a roster move:
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 25, 2019
INF Yu Chanag has been recalled from AAA Columbus.
Chang, 24, has spent most of the season on the AAA Columbus roster, batting .253 (64-for-253) with 15 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR and 39 RBI in 68 games. On the year at Triple-A, he is hitting .283 (15-for-53) with an .897 OPS vs. left-handed pitching.
A fractured hamate bone typically takes over a month to heal. He was removed from Saturday’s game in the first inning after swinging at a pitch, and manager Terry Francona said he’s been dealing with soreness in his wrist for some time.
Cleveland entered Sunday’s series finale trailing the Twins by 2½ games in the division and one-half game back in the wild-card race.
The 26-year-old Ramírez started slowly this season, but he has been playing like a two-time All-Star again and has been one of the Indians’ best hitters. He is batting .254 with 33 doubles, 20 home runs and 75 RBIs in 126 games. He entered Sunday second in MLB in extra-base hits (32) and third in RBIs (40) in the second half.
The Indians have been dealing with obstacles all season. Two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber has been out since May 1 with a broken arm, and starter Carlos Carrasco is being treated following a leukemia diagnosis.
Utilityman Mike Freeman could get the bulk of playing time at third while Ramírez is out. He replaced Ramírez in Saturday’s game and had two hits and drove in a run as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2.
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