Sergio Santos cleared to throw after shoulder injury

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Here’s some good news for Blue Jays fans who watched Francisco Cordero blow another save last night: Sergio Santos has been cleared to resume throwing after sitting out the past three weeks with shoulder inflammation.

There’s no word yet on when he might be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment, but Santos is working out at the Blue Jays’ extended spring training complex in Florida and testing the injury by throwing on back-to-back days.

Asked by Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com for a potential return timetable, manager John Farrell replied: “I would guess that’s probably still two weeks away.”

I’ll be interesting to see if Cordero can hang onto the fill-in closer gig for that long. He showed major signs of decline last season even while racking up 37 saves and Cordero has blown three of his five save chances while allowing 10 runs in 5.1 innings since replacing Santos in the ninth inning.

UPDATE: Well, that was quick. Cordero is already out as the Blue Jays’ closer.

Report: José Ramírez diagnosed with knee contusion

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Indians third baseman José Ramírez had to be carted off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game agaisnt the White Sox. Ramírez fouled a pitch off of his leg during an at-bat against pitcher Sean Nolin.

MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports that Ramírez was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he was taken for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Ramírez, 26, finished third in AL MVP Award voting last season, batting .270/.387/.552 with 39 home runs, 105 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases across 698 plate appearances. He was worth 7.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference. If Ramírez lands on the injured list, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Indians, despite being the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central entering the season.

The Indians will already start the season without second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor, though both are expected to return before the end of April. The infield is in rough shape at the moment.