Jose Ramirez’s regular season is over. The postseason remains in play — if the Indians can make it without him.
Cleveland’s hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after having hand surgery Monday in New York. Ramirez, whose hot bat the past two months helped get the Indians back into playoff contention, fractured the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a hard swing during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Kansas City.
The team estimates he could be back as early as Oct. 1, when the AL playoffs open.
But the loss of Ramirez, 26, will make it tough to reach October for the Indians, who trail first-place Minnesota by 3 ½ games in the AL Central and have a half-game lead on the A’s for the first wild-card spot.
After a slow and strange start this season, the two-time All-Star snapped out of a batting slump and is again one of the league’s toughest outs. He raised his batting average over 50 points since early June and has been among baseball’s leaders in extra-base hits in the season’s second half.
Briefly: Arizona outfielder David Peralta will have season-ending right shoulder surgery after landing on the injured list for a third time this season. … Detroit designated hitter Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday’s game against the Indians with left biceps tightness. … Seattle right fielder Keon Broxton was suspended two games by Major League Baseball for throwing a batting glove that hit an umpire after striking out looking. … Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was suspended for a game by MLB for making contact with an umpire after striking out looking to end a game. … Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, coming back from a lat injury, threw 35 pitches over two innings against minor leaguers on Tuesday. He’s expected to pitch for Double-A Trenton on Sunday.
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