Ramirez optimistic following forearm injury

Angels' right-hander exits start vs. Orioles after 5 2/3 innings

August 20th, 2017

BALTIMORE -- Angels starter JC Ramirez left Saturday's 5-1 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards in the sixth inning with right forearm irritation.

Ramirez charged to the bag to cover for first baseman C.J. Cron on a ground ball off the bat of . After recording the out, the Angels' infield gathered on the mound before manager Mike Scioscia and the club's training staff came out. They talked for a few moments, and Ramirez eventually exited with two outs in the sixth inning and the Angels holding a 5-1 lead.

"He'll be evaluated. Looks like it's some irritation in his forearm right now," Scioscia said. "It just got a little bit tight, and so we wanted to exercise some precaution and get him out of there. I think they'll just run some tests."

Ramirez was hopeful after being examined but will have an MRI on Monday to check everything out.

"I talked to doctors ... they checked everything," Ramirez said. "They think it's OK because they did all the tests, and I didn't feel any pain, just that muscles are tight."

Ramirez allowed one run on five hits, allowing two walks and throwing two wild pitches, the first of which allowed the Orioles to score their only run of the game in the first inning. Ramirez didn't strike out a batter and threw 78 pitches, 49 of which were strikes.