Red Patterson to make MLB debut on Thursday

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ESPN’s Keith Law reports that the Dodgers are planning to call up 26-year-old right-hander Red Patterson from Triple-A Albuquerque to start the second half of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins — a makeup for Tuesday’s rainout at Target Field. It will be Patterson’s major league debut.

Patterson has posted a 3.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 432 strikeouts in 440 minor league innings since being selected by the Dodgers in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He went to Sydney with the Dodgers in March and made an appearance in the club’s exhibition game against Team Australia.

Dan Haren will start the first game Thursday, with the other members of the Los Angeles rotation remaining on their regular pitching schedules. Patterson will likely be sent back to Albuquerque on Thursday night.

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.