Ramirez is back in the bigs for the first time since he was cut loose by the Red Sox last year. He’s expected to serve as the team’s primary designated hitter to open the season.
Taylor, 26, turned in 57 1/3 innings of 2.51 ERA ball with 11.0 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 last year at Triple-A. He also ran up eight strikeouts against one walk (but allowed two home runs) in his six MLB frames. Clearly, the Indians did not anticipate that sort of performance carrying forward into the future.
The Indians also announced several injured list placements, all of which were known in advance. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, second baseman Jason Kipnis, and outfielder Bradley Zimmer are all on the shelf to begin the season.