Guardians Superstar Out With Injured Thumb

Not only has he been on an MVP-worthy pace this season, but Cleveland Guardians superstar third baseman Jose Ramirez had played every single one of his team's 60 games. Until today. 

Ramirez jammed his thumb about 10 days ago, according to manager Terry Francona. He played through it for over a week, but then jammed it again in the just-completed series with the Colorado Rockies. He's sitting out Saturday's game with a diagnosis of a "bruised right thumb."

He's still in good spirits, however, as seen in this clip where he teases Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman Friday night.

"Freeman! You're one of the best hitters...After me!" 

Hard to argue with that. Ramirez is batting .305 with a ridiculous 1.039 OPS, along with 16 HR, 62 RBIs and 11 stolen bases to boot. If it wasn't for a guy named Aaron Judge, he'd be the runaway leader for MVP at this point.

Ramirez also dealt with a bruised lower right leg last month after fouling a pitch off himself. But that didn't stop him from being penciled into the lineup every day. 

As for the thumb injury, Francona hopes that about three days of rest will let it heal up. 

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