Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez will have to miss a crucial part of the season.
He was put on the 10-day IL by the team after he fractured the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 25, 2019
In a corresponding move, the Indians recalled infielder Yu Chang from Triple-A Columbus to fill in for Ramirez.
The injury likely happened during Saturday's game against the Royals when he was at-bat in the first inning and fouled out. An MRI afterward revealed the fracture.
It's a big blow for the Indians, who are also missing Corey Kluber to a broken arm and Carlos Carrasco after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
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Before the injury, Ramirez was batting .254/.325/.463 with 20 home runs, 75 RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Cleveland is currently in the wild card chase with a 76–54 record and is only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central.