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Cleveland Indians demote Jose Ramirez to Triple-A

A move that was a long time coming...

Pretty sure that's not a good spot for a baseball.
Pretty sure that's not a good spot for a baseball.
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The Cleveland Indians will option Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez spent Sunday on the bench after another poor showing on Saturday at home against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been one of the worst players in MLB this season, with bad defense and a batting line of .180/.247/.240, which comes out to a wRC+ of just 41.

Jordan Bastian points out that there has been nothing official from the Indians yet, but also says that with the Clippers playing tonight (and the NBA Finals hogging the attention of most Cleveland sports fans), he thinks the team will wait until tomorrow to make it official.

Many will expect this to mean we're going to see Francisco Lindor, but he's in the lineup for Columbus tonight. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal says fans should cool their jets, because he hears it's Zach Walters who'll be getting the call up. Walters, a 25-year-old switch hitter can play in the infield or outfield. He doesn't get on base at a high clip, but has plus power.

I expect Lindor soon, but the front office probably wants to be sure that he won't qualify as a Super Two. There is not a set deadline for that, but the cut off shouldn't be any later than another two weeks from now.