Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez exited Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning with a stiff back, per Rotoworld Baseball’s Twitter account.
Alexei Ramirez departs game with stiff back - Alexei Ramirez | CWS http://t.co/uGZsN9Gg0F
— Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) July 12, 2014
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Leury Garcia moved in from center field to replace Ramirez at shortstop.
Chicago will eagerly await an update on its starting shortstop. Ramirez has posted a .718 OPS and 1.6 WAR so far in 2014.
Garcia has appeared twice at shortstop previously this season and could fill in if Ramirez misses some time. The White Sox could also recall Marcus Semien from Triple-A if necessary, but he is currently transitioning to the outfield.
An extended injury would also decrease Ramirez’s trade value should the White Sox be interested in dealing him, but it’s unclear if he will be made available at the deadline.
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