MINNEAPOLIS — Here’s the latest on Jose Ramirez’s injured right thumb.
As of Monday, a rest day for the Guardians, there were no plans to put Ramirez on the injured list. Beginning a three-game streak with the Twins Tuesday at Target Field, the plan was to have Ramirez go through his normal pregame routine with the idea of starting him at third base.
Ramirez, who leads the American League with 62 RBI, missed Saturday and Sunday’s game against the Dodgers with a thumb injury. Manager Terry Francona said it happened during the team’s last homestand and Ramirez made it worse when he was pinched by a pitch during a three-game sweep in the Rockies earlier in that trip.
He’s had the best start of his career and had appeared in every Guardians game up until Saturday. Ramirez hits .305 (69-for-226) with 20 doubles, four triples, 16 homers and 62 RBI. He is second in the AL behind Mike Trout with 1,039 OPS and third with 3.4 WAR from baseball-reference.com.
Nick Sandlin made his decision
The Guardians’ transaction page on mlb.com states that right-hander Nick Sandlin has been selected for the AAA Columbus class. The Guardians will have to look to open a spot for Aaron Civale, who will be activated and set to face the Twins on Tuesday night.
There was no official word from the team.
But Sandlin didn’t seem like a candidate for such a move. However, the right-hander struggled to throw punches. In his last 11 appearances, he has run 16 and batted 8. Overall, Sandlin is 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA. He went 18 and struck out 13 in 18 2/3 innings.
DH Franmil Reyes is also expected to be activated for Tuesday’s game. That requires another roster change.
Catcher Bo Naylor, the younger brother of Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor, was promoted from Class AA Akron to Class AAA Columbus on Monday. Catcher Bryan Lavastida, who opened the season with the Guardians, went on the injured list with a right thigh injury.
Naylor hit .271 (46 to 170) with 12 doubles, two triples, six homers and 21 RBI for the RubberDucks. He posted an .898 OPS.
In two more moves, right-hander Carlos Vargas and infielder Gabrial Arias began their rehab duties. Vargas, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on April 19, 2021, reported Akron. Arias reported to the Guardians’ Arizona Complex team in Goodyear. Arias, who made his big league debut earlier this year, is recovering from a broken hand.
Bright lights, big city
In any case, the Guardians didn’t have stage fright at the weekend.
Taking two out of three games from the Dodgers, they played in front of 151,472 fans at Dodger Stadium. That’s almost 50% of what the Guardians have raked in in 22 games at Progressive Field this season.
The three game breakdown looked like this: 48,361, 50,078 and 53,033. 50,000 fans do not fit into the shrunken progressive field. The maximum number of visitors is around 35,000.
Participation and a regional television contract that earns them over $300 million annually are two of the reasons the Dodgers can afford a $260 million salary bill. The Guardians’ regional TV deal is valued at an estimated $40 million a year.
“It was really cool to start here,” said Shane Bieber, Sunday’s starter. “It’s a great atmosphere. The whole weekend streak was great. It was just a lot of fun.
“Everyone in our clubhouse just enjoyed it. The weather was fine. Sunday was Father’s Day. There were a lot of people in the stands and we were able to harness that energy and play well and take our chances.”
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