Indians activated Francisco Lindor from the list of injured today, while veteran Hanley Ramirez has been designated to be assigned to purge the alignment, in line with MLB alignment (Twitter connections).
This should be good news for the Indian fans, who have finally found their midfielder in good health for the first time this season. Cleveland has probably performed better than expected in the absence of the superstar, while the team has a record of 11-7 on the central AL. Even though the team remained afloat, the attack from the position of the shortstop was catastrophic without Lindor, its doublings having totaled 0.069 / 0.139 / 0.097, it is a total of -1.0 fWAR in 18 games (-43 wRC +). Replacing this production with something close to Lindor's career .288 / .350 / .487 should give a significant boost to a Cleveland offense that ranks 28th with a .266 wOBA.
For Ramirez, thus ends a second consecutive disappointing season for the Dominican of 35 years. He has appeared in 16 games this season, hitting just .184 / .298 / .327 with two home runs. The former shortstop of the highlighted films has been relegated to the designated hitter duties, which he simply does not provide Cleveland with enough utility to deserve a place in the team. If that meant the end of Ramirez's major league career, he would end up as a .289 / .360 / .486 hitter, with 271 home runs and 1,834 hits in 7,127 appearances in 15 years.