The Indians Have Been Eliminated from Playoff Contention (9-30-19)
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics both clinched playoff berths as the American League wild cards on Friday, September 27, filling out the 10-team field for the postseason and leaving the Cleveland Indians on the outside looking in. After the Indians lost their last two games to the White Sox, it was their loss to the Nationals that officially eliminated them from the playoffs. The Indians finished off their season by losing their last five games. They had a tremendous run in July and August to take a division lead; however, Cleveland stumbled to finish line and missed the playoffs entirely.
First Game Back, Jose Hits Two Homers for 7 RBIs (9-25-19)
Ramirez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in his first two plate appearances after missing a month with a broken hand, and Cleveland pounded the Chicago White Sox 11-0 on Tuesday night. Roberto Perez and Oscar Mercado also went deep for the Indians, who won for the sixth time in seven games to remain a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. Cleveland also trails Oakland by one game for the top spot in the wild-card standings. The switch-hitting Ramirez homered from both sides for the fourth time. He finished with a career-best seven RBI.
Jose gave an after-game interview; “I’m not surprised to be honest,” Ramirez said. “You just try to compete and try to get my best pitch and have a best swing, and that’s what happened.
The 27-year-old Ramirez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the game. He got hurt Aug. 24 against Kansas City and had surgery two days later. Ramirez said he’s “not 100 percent yet,” but manager Terry Francona was impressed by his immediate contribution.
Jose Ramirez Expected to Play (9-24-19)
The Cleveland Indians expect third baseman Jose Ramirez to return to their lineup Tuesday night after missing a month with a broken right hand. Ramirez hasn’t played since Aug. 24, when he was injured taking a swing. The two-time All-Star had surgery two days later for a broken hamate bone. The Indians expected him to miss five to seven weeks.
Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Ramirez hasn’t experienced any soreness in the hand after taking batting practice in recent days. Ramirez is hitting .254 with 20 home runs and 75 RBIs in 126 games.
The Cookie Doesn’t Crumble
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, nicknamed Cookie, made his return to the mound Sunday, September 1st. Carrasco entered in the seventh inning for his first major league appearance since being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in June. The right-hander received a standing ovation from the crowd, and players from both sides cheered while standing in front of their respective dugouts.
Cookie has been looking forward to his return to the mound in Progressive Field as he expects it to be an emotional one. Carrasco received a standing ovation in his first appearance at home since being diagnosed with leukemia, but he gave up home runs to James McCann and Eloy Jimenez in the eighth inning that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Tuesday night.
Jose Ramirez Is out for 5-7 Weeks
On Saturday, August 28th, 2019, Cleveland’s hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after undergoing hand surgery Monday in New York. Ramirez, who has been hot for the past couple of months, fractured the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a hard swing during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Kansas City.
Indians Unveil New 2019 Jerseys
On Monday, November 19th, 2018, the Indians unveiled two new jerseys that they will wear in the upcoming season. The first jersey is an away midnight navy blue jersey that features the great city of Cleveland in red lettering with white outlines. The second new jersey will be a red jersey with blue lettering and white outlines. This is the second time in Indians history that they will wear red and on an official uniform. The away jerseys will be worn with gray pants and the home jerseys will be worn with white pants. The Indians did get rid of their midnight navy blue jersey that said “Indians” on the front and the red jersey is the replacement.Jose Ramirez Injury
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