Third baseman Jose Ramirez bruised his left knee when he fouled a ball off himself Sunday during the team’s Cactus League finale against the White Sox and his status for Cleveland’s season opener Thursday is uncertain.
Ramirez was carted off the field, unable to put any pressure on his leg.
Though X-rays on the two-time All-Star were negative, the team said Ramirez will remain in Arizona, and that it will be determined later whether he can play Thursday when the AL Central champions open at Minnesota.
Ramirez hit .270 with 39 home runs, 105 RBIs and 34 stolen bases last season.
Trout’s deal: Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal with the team last week, said he hadn’t seriously considered playing elsewhere.
“I know there was a lot of talk about going back East, but I enjoy every minute being here,” Trout, a native of Millville, N.J., said before his team faced the Dodgers in a Freeway Series game against the Dodgers in Anaheim. “This is my home. I love it. It never crossed my mind that I wasn’t going to be an Angel for life.”
Angels owner Arte Moreno had a one-hour, heart-to-heart conversation with Trout early in the negotiations. Moreno emerged with a measure of confidence that Trout was willing to tie his future to the franchise.
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“He told us this is where he wanted to be, and we really wanted to make that happen,” Moreno said.
Injury report: Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones will start the season on the injured list because of sprained shoulder, an injury sustained while diving for a ball Saturday, the Detroit News reported.
• Baltimore designated hitter Mark Trumbo will start the season on the IL while he continues his recovery from knee surgery, manager Brandon Hyde said.
Briefly: Cleveland signed infielder Brad Miller, who had been at spring training with the Dodgers before opting out of his minor-league contract Thursday. … Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing was designated for assignment by the Cubs, who signed left-hander Tim Collins to a one-year deal and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. … Toronto agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander Daniel Hudson, Canada’s Sportsnet reported. Hudson, released by the Angels on Friday, was 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA with the Dodgers last season. … Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Greg Holland will open the season as his team’s closer. Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano also had been competing for the role.
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