Indians 3B Ramirez hit by pitch, exits vs. Twins

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:57 PM MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez left Thursday's opening game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins after being hit in the right forearm by a fastball from pitcher Kyle Gibson.

Ramirez was hit by the pitch during the second inning. He hopped down the first-base line before dropping to a knee to be examined by an athletic trainer. Ramirez was in obvious pain as manager Terry Francona looked on.

Ramirez walked off holding his arm and was replaced by Giovanny Urshela. Francona said he could possibly play in the second game though he wasn't in the starting lineup.

"Yeah, of course I was scared," Ramirez said through a translator. "It hurt really bad and I thought that I broke it. But I'm fine. Thank God."

Cleveland and Minnesota were playing a split doubleheader on Thursday to make up for Wednesday's postponement. The Indians won the opener 9-3.

Ramirez leads the American League with 61 extra-base hits this season. A first-time All-Star this year, Ramirez is hitting .308 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs.

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