Marcus Stroman not expected to be disciplined for throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head

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This morning we pointed out Marcus Stroman throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head for no good reason at all. It seemed pretty egregious. Apparently Major League Baseball didn’t agree:

To sum up this week so far: grab your crotch: seven games. Risk seriously injuring an opposing player by whipping a ball at his head at 90 miles per hour: we’re all good.

For crying out loud, the guy who unintentionally hit Giancarlo Stanton the other day was fined for some of his subsequent actions, none of which amounted to throwing a ball at a guy’s head like this.

This is really, really weak MLB. Between this and the zero discipline for Randall Delgado and Kirk Gibson for throwing at Andrew McCutchen last month, you’re basically telling pitchers that it’s cool to declare open season on whoever momentarily irks them, no matter how unreasonable the irking happens to be.

Throwing at a guy’s head on purpose should result in an automatic suspension. Full stop. But, apparently, Major League Baseball feels differently.

José Ramírez has a broken hamate bone, likely out for the year

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José Ramírez had to leave last night’s game against the Royals in the middle of his first-inning after he injured his wrist on a swing. This morning the Indians determined that he has a fractured right hamate bone. He has been placed in the Injured List and his season is almost certainly over.

Ramírez started the season slowly, but in the past two months he had turned it on to help fuel Cleveland’s surge. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven this month. Basically, he’s been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018.

The Indians have called up Yu Chang to take Ramírez’s spot on the roster. He and Mike Freeman will likely get most of the reps at third base going forward.

Just a tremendous loss for the Indians.