Tampa Bay Rays' Leading Hitter Breaks Thumb

The Tampa Bay Rays have lost one of the top hitters in baseball to a broken thumb. First baseman/outfielder/DH Harold Ramirez was plunked by a pitch in the first inning of Sunday's game by Baltimore Orioles starter Jordan Lyles. 

As noted by Rays beat writer Marc Topkin, Ramirez came into the game 3rd in the majors with a .329 average. Over the past 30 games, he was hitting .381 with a .440 on-base percentage and a .976 OPS. On the season, he has 4 home runs and 35 RBIs and an .822 OPS.

Ramirez will go on the 10-day injured list, and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks. 

The 27-year-old is a promising young outfielder with good bat speed, and was having a breakout season. Last year with the Cleveland Indians, he hit .268 with a .703 OPS. 

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