Jose Ramirez exits Saturday's Indians game with "right wrist discomfort"

Full extent of wrist injury remains unknown

T.J. Zuppe
August 24, 2019 - 7:41 pm
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) — Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez was forced to exit Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Royals after suffering an injury to his right wrist on a swing in the first inning.

Later, the team announced that Ramirez left with "right wrist discomfort," but no additional information about the extent of the ailment was provided after the game.

"We took him over to get him imaged," manager Terry Francona said. "It takes a little while to [get the results]. We want everybody to see it, just to make sure that we get the proper read on it. We’ll probably hang around here tonight, I think, maybe, just to see if we can find something out.”

Ramirez immediately began to examine his right hand and wrist area in the bottom of the first, removing his batting glove after swinging at a 2-0 pitch from Royals starter Glenn Sparkman. The switch-hitter was soon greeted near home plate by an athletic trainer and Francona.

The 26-year-old infielder then left the field and was replaced by infielder Mike Freeman.

Ramirez, according to Francona, had been bothered recently by his wrist, but the manager believes Saturday's discomfort was not "in the same place."

"That’s what kind of worried us," Francona said.

Over his past 59 games, Ramirez was slashing .313/.360/.643 with 16 homers in 253 plate appearances. That torrid stretch helped to erase what had started as a miserable campaign for the two-time All-Star. 

Overall, Ramirez began the day with a .788 OPS with 20 homers and 75 RBI this season.

He was present in the locker room following Saturday's win but was not available for comment. His wrist was not covered by any sort of brace or bandage.

"That was rough," starter Mike Clevinger said. "He came in underneath, and I saw him. He seemed like he was in a lot of pain. So, you just got to hope for the best."

In a related note, Triple-A infielder and Tribe prospect Yu Chang was pulled early from his game with the Clippers following Ramirez's exit. It appears that Chang could possibly serve as Ramirez's replacement if the switch-hitter lands on the injured list.

Francona was asked about Chang's Triple-A departure on Saturday night.

“We want to make sure that if we need to do something, something else doesn’t happen," Francona responded.