CLEVELAND — The Indians brought in Hanley Ramirez on little more than a hope that a past track record — and swing — could be rediscovered, giving them another option in the middle of an injury-riddled lineup.

Ramirez crushed two home runs — and they the only two homers by an Indians hitter to reach an exit velocity of at least 113 mph in the Statcast era. But Ramirez didn't offer much else aside from those two swings, hitting .184 with a .625 OPS.

Once Francisco Lindor returned from injury and it was evident the Indians would occasionally use him in the designated hitter spot early on, Ramirez's roster value was reduced. He was designated for assignment on Saturday and on Tuesday cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than go to Triple-A with the Indians.

"When we activated Frankie, it was with the idea that we would DH him sometimes," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Saturday. "So saying that, it just put us in a little bit of a hole where if we didn’t have another infielder and if Frankie’s gonna do some DH-ing, [there wasn't a spot]. ...

"So we talked to Hanley [Friday] and he was about as professional as you could be. And I wanted to make sure people understood this was a baseball decision. Hanley was a model citizen for us."

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.