The Indians Are Playing a Dangerous Game with Jose Ramirez

Considering his 2020 numbers, it’s quite remarkable that José Ramírez has been battling through a thumb injury for the bulk of the season.

As of Thursday, the Cleveland Indians third baseman is boasting an .821 OPS, a .353 wOBA and a wRC+ of 119. All above average numbers, solid production for anyone, even more so for a switch hitter with a sore left hand.

Of course, the cause for concern increased a bit this week, as a missed game due to his ailment was sandwiched between two contests he had to leave early. Despite this, the Indians are holding off on sending Ramírez to the IL, instead listing him as day-to-day while only giving him brief respites from the field.

In the words of Kevin Malone from The Office, “that is a dangerous game, friendo.”

Ramírez may be able to withstand the pain for now, but Cleveland letting one of its most productive hitters play through soreness is both risky and, frankly, unnecessary.

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Casey Drottar is a Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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