Report: Indians demote shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Cleveland Indians will option shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus.

This move could set up a Francisco Lindor call-up sometime this season but as of right now, he is dealing with injuries and the Indians want him to be at 100%. Until Lindor gets called up, veteran utility man Mike Aviles will take over at shortstop.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Indians have yet to announce this move and could wait until Monday to announce it.

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 subpar defense and a batting line of .180/.247/.240, which comes out to a wRC+ of just 41.

Lindor, who was the Indians’ top pick in the 2011 Draft, is ranked by MLB.com as Cleveland’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball. This season, the switch-hitting shortstop is batting a .269/.342/.393 slash line with 16 extra-base hits, 21 RBIs and 23 runs in 52 games at Triple-A this season.

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