DETROIT -- Alexei Ramirez left Thursday’s game with right leg cramps.
The White Sox shortstop grabbed for his leg and was helped off the field by athletic trainer Herm Schneider after a single to shallow right field in the top of the sixth inning.
Ramirez, who played a key part in a benches-clearing incident immediately before the base hit, appeared to grab the back of his right leg after a fourth inning at-bat as well.
Gordon Beckham moved over from second base to shortstop to replace Ramirez, who expects to play Friday. Ramirez is hitting .282 with a home run, 20 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.
“I always come to the park to play,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I’m going to wait until (Friday), but I’m coming to play. Right now, I feel good after I got treatment and stuff like that. I’ll see once I come to the park how I feel. Right now it feels good.”
Ramirez set off an incident in the sixth inning ahead of his single when he pointed at pitcher Luke Putkonen and took a few steps toward the mound after the first pitch of the at-bat sailed behind his back.
Both benches emptied and Putkonen was ejected from the game.