CLEVELAND – The Indians announced Sunday morning that Jose Ramirez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured hamate on his right hand.
While Ramirez was placed on the 10-day IL, he could miss the rest of the regular season as he will have surgery to repair the fracture on Monday in New York.
The injury to Ramirez appeared to take place Saturday after foul-tipping a pitch from Royals pitcher Glenn Sparkman in the first inning.
After the pitch, Ramirez appeared to be in pain before calling over for the team’s athletic trainer.
At first the Indians called it “right wrist discomfort” before the MRI results showed that it was a fracture.
After dealing with a wrist issue, Jose Ramirez has exited the game. pic.twitter.com/iubKmW0hxK
— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) August 24, 2019
The injury is a big blow to the Tribe, who enter Sunday 2.5 back of the Minnesota Twins for first in the AL Central. Ramirez started the season slow, but has was hitting .327 in the second half.
After the game Indians manager Terry Francona said that the injury to the wrist wasn’t new, but he was not sure if it was the same place that had been giving Ramirez issues.
“His wrist had been bothering him,” Francona said following Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Royals.
“I’m not sure if this is in the same place, that’s what kind of worried us a little bit.”
Mike Freeman replaced Ramirez at third in Saturday’s game. Freeman finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
With the team having an open roster spot, the team has recalled INF Yu Chang from AAA Columbus, and Chang will hit 7th in the Indians lineup.
The @Indians Jose Ramirez suffered a fracture of his hamate bone of his right hand. These almost always require surgery (to remove fragments) in baseball players. RTP 4-6 weeks. No long term effects. @TheFantasyDRS
— Dr. Jesse Morse (@DrJesseMorse) August 25, 2019