Miller returning, José plateauing

Ramírez is third Indians hitter to 30-30 season

Alex Hooper
September 09, 2018 - 5:51 pm
Sep 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) slides into home plate ahead of the tag from Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. (62) during the sixth inning at Rogers Centre.

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The good news came over the weekend that recently acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson is on track to be activated on Tuesday in Tampa, but Cleveland Indians fans got more good news Sunday before their series finale against Toronto.

Manager Terry Francona said that he expects left-hander Andrew Miller to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday prior to their series opener at Tropicana Field, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

The Gainesville, FL native has been on the DL since August 29 with an external left shoulder impingement. The lefty threw a successful bullpen on Thursday prior to the series opener against the Blue Jays.

Plateaued

José Ramírez’s climb to Indians history continued on Sunday as the All-Star third baseman became the third player in club history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season, joining Joe Carter and Grady Sizemore.

“It’s not just the 30-30, it’s the whole year, everything he does,” Francona said postgame. “He impacts the game in so many different ways.

“He’s our three-hole hitter, he plays good defense and runs the bases. He’s one of the best players in the league.”

Despite the feat, Ramírez’s slump headed into the home stretch has him on the outside of the American League MVP race looking in. The 25-year-old is a full WAR behind Boston’s Mookie Betts for most in baseball, and .7 behind the Angels’ Mike Trout for 2nd.

Dating back to August 15, Ramírez is slashing .175/.309/.250 with a 56 wRC+.