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Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

Sep 3, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

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Bad news for HanRam.

According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week.

The recovery time could last anywhere from four to six months, meaning Ramirez might not be ready for the start of spring training next February and could even miss the start of the 2012 regular season.

The news arrives with awful timing for the Marlins, who were hoping to have all hands on deck — especially the face of the franchise — for the opening of their new $500-plus million ballpark next April.

Ramirez, 27, batted just .243/.333/.379 this year with 10 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 45 RBI in 385 major league plate appearances. Despite the rough campaign, he still boasts an impressive .886 career OPS.

  1. phillyphever - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Money’s on him not coming back until June.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Well, there you have it – “no structural damage” requires surgery. So the answer to the question is “when is no structural damage really structural damage” is, “when it’s mere instability.” Of course, medieval Tantric metaphysics postulated the existence of a “subtle body” (suksma sarira – pardon me, I don’t have the necessary devanagri font so I could really show off here) that occupied the same vectors in what we’d now call spacetime as the “gross body” (sthula sarira). It’s possible that Hanley what Hanley suffered was “un-structural (nirguna) damage” to his suksma sarira and that some local houngan or shaman was called in to pinpoint it (I can’t see Scrooge McLoria or the Chihuahua calling in a genuine Tantric guru, can you? They charge real, or sthula, dollars for their services).

    Or, perhaps, they’re planning an exorcism, which can be really draining and require months to recover, to cause Pazuzu to leap from Hanley’s accursed blood diamond studded .342 amulet into his exorcist, whereupon his exorcist is going to hurl himself from the mezzanine of the as yet unfinished Macondo Banana Massacre field and Scrooge won’t have to cut him a check.

  3. fishfan4lyfe - Sep 4, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    There goes trade value

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