Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez leaves game with apparent leg injury
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Wilkin Ramirez was removed from Thursday's game in the bottom of the fifth after fouling an 0-1 pitch off his upper left shin in an at bat versus Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Ramirez immediately fell to the ground, and remained down for more than a minute before he was brought to his feet and helped off with Twins staffers supporting him under each arm. It appeared Ramirez could not put any weight on his left leg.
Chris Herrmann replaced Ramirez, and ran the count full before grounding out to Chen.
Ramirez is hitting .272/.302/.370 in 81 at bats on the season. The team was already a little thin with Oswaldo Arcia's ailing hand and wrist. And the team sounds hesitant to recall a player from Triple-A Rochester, which is still in contention.
Major League osters expand on Sunday, which would allow the team to call up any player from the 40-man roster.