Jose Ramirez set to join Indians on Friday
Ramirez, 21, is hitting .319 with 4 HR, 17 RBI and .849 OPS in 23 games for Columbus, and has also chipped in with eight stolen bases and a nice 9-8 walk to strikeout ratio. Columbus played on Thursday but he did not play because he had already received word of his callup and was en route to Cleveland.
It remains to be seen whose spot on the 25-man roster he takes. Second baseman Jason Kipnis suffered an abdominal strain in the game on Tuesday and did not play on Wednesday. The Indians planned to wait until Friday to make a decision on whether it will be a disabled list situation for him, but they apparently are already prepared to do that. If it is not Kipnis who goes to the disabled list for Ramirez, then it would almost have to be Elliot Johnson who is replaced.
Ramirez has primarily played second base this season, the one position he projects as a Major League starter. The Indians have had him play a little shortstop and even some outfield for the first time to add to his versatility. Terry Francona may opt to start Mike Aviles at second base if Kipnis goes on the disabled list and then slide Ramirez into Aviles' utility role, but this may be a great opportunity to give Ramirez an everyday opportunity at second base to potentially prove a spark to the team both offensively and defensively.
The lineups have been released....so unless Francona was playing a cruel joke on is, yes Johnson is starting at 2B again, just like he did in LA the last game.
*someone pull Tony back from the ledge please
Where is it written that JRam is going to be promoted to sit and watch?... I don't see it.. anywhere..
Ring !!! Aunt Sally here....
I can't see Price in danger of losing his roster spot though guess crazier things have happened. Barnes would be more likely IMO as he's down to his last option where as Price is using only his first. Johnson makes a lot of sense too though as does Sellers.
Again, doesn't "have" to be Kip to the DL at all. If the Tribe is optimistic that Kip only would be out 5-7 days total then sending down Lee and bringing up Ramirez makes more sense than DLing Kipnis.
Kip to the DL is probably the resulting move as injuries like his don't ever seem to heal quickly.
Congrats to J-Ram..good prospect..playing 2B.. will be needed. Yan will be going on the Paternity thing, so another move may be needed.. Hermies suggestion that Lee be sent down and Roberto Perez (hopefully NOT Kottaras) could cover Yan's paternity leave. Sell-Block, Pryce or Elliot Johnson's spot on the forty man roster may be in danger..
Bringing J-Ram up and playing him at second may permit the Indians to showcase him for a team like the Blue Jays. The Jays have a desperate need for a prospect just like J-Ram and have some interesting prospects of their own that might interest the Indians.. Guys that I like with the Jays could include Anthony Gose and Clint Hollon.. It's a thought..
Another potential could be Big G calling it what it is..I know it's only eight at bats..but, tbh.. he's embarrassing himself. He may want to be big about the decision..and work with the kids.. including young Mr Aguilar.. we shall see..
Still would have 7 pen arms and as said before, Francona went with 14 position players for a few days last year when Santana was banged up...
Course Kipnis could be so hurt that the DL is the only option...