Cleveland Indians All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez was carted off the field Sunday in a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox after fouling a ball off his left leg below the knee.
The Indians announced that Ramirez has a bruised knee and was being taken for X-rays. Max Moroff replaced Ramirez at third base for the rest of the game.
Ramirez led the Indians with 39 home runs last season, and his .387 on-base percentage led the team. He also set a career high with 105 RBIs.
Jose Ramirez 2018 season
Ramirez had 34 stolen bases to become the third player in franchise history with 30 home runs and 30 steals, joining Grady Sizemore (2008) and Joe Carter (1987), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Indians already will be without starting second baseman Jason Kipnis and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor on Opening Day, as both players have right calf strains. Lindor will begin the season on the injured list.
The Indians signed infielder Brad Miller on Sunday to help fill in at second base during Kipnis’ absence. Eric Stamets is expected to start at shortstop while Lindor is sidelined.