Jose Ramirez is expected to be in the Cleveland Indians’ opening day lineup Thursday, four days after fouling a pitch off the area below his left knee.

Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Ramirez should be ready to go for the opener at Minnesota. The All-Star third baseman worked out Monday and Tuesday in Arizona, testing his bruised left knee while Cleveland finished its exhibition schedule with games against the Rangers in Texas. Ramirez will join the team for a workout in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Ramirez left the field in a cart Sunday in a scary scene for the Indians, who will already be without shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis. Both players are working back from right calf strains.

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez sits in the dugout before the team's spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez sits in the dugout before the team’s spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Ramirez had 39 home runs and 105 RBIs last season, finishing third in AL MVP voting for the second straight year.

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Cleveland Indians' José Ramirez falls after hitting himself with a foul tip in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Cleveland Indians’ José Ramirez falls after hitting himself with a foul tip in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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