Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez took ground balls on Monday, a day after he fouled a pitch off the area below his left knee, but the team isn't sure whether he'll play in Thursday's opener at Minnesota.
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Francisco Lindor has already been ruled out of Cleveland's opener with a calf injury (he'll start the season on the injured list) and now Jose Ramirez was carted off the field on Sunday after fouling a ball off his knee. Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP voting in 2018 and led MLB third basemen in home runs, steals, OPS and walk rate. This could be a little break for the Twins, expected to be Cleveland's best competition in the AL Central. The Twins host the Indians in the season-opening series.
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