CLEVELAND: Jose Ramirez made his first major-league start tonight at third base.
“”I’ve been wanting to get him into a game,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”I was going to put him at shortstop (Sunday), but Asdrubal (Cabrera) hit that home run (Saturday night).’’
Ramirez is a career shortstop, but Francona was confident that he could play third.
“”He played third a few games at Akron at the end of the season,’’ the manager said. “”Neither Lonnie (Chisenhall) nor Mike (Aviles) have any numbers against him (Ervin Santana), so I’m excited to see Ramirez play.’’
This is not a first step in making Ramirez a third baseman.
“”This isn’t going to define his career,’’ Francona said. “”He’s not going to be an everyday third baseman.’’
Few players, especially 20-year-olds, are called up from Double-A to the majors.
“”We’re all excited about the way he handles himself,’’ Francona said. “”He handled himself well in spring training, and he handled himself well when he got sent back (to the minor-league camp). We all think that this kid can do it.’’