Team physician Dr. Lee Kaplan recommended surgery to correct the instability in Ramirez's left shoulder, the Marlins announced Saturday evening. Ramirez had an MRI performed on Wednesday and met with Kaplan earlier Saturday to decide what course of action to take.
A baseball source said it has not yet been decided whether Ramirez will undergo arthroscopic or open surgery, as further testing still needs to be performed. But the source said Ramirez will likely heed whatever the doctors advise.
A date for the surgery has not been set. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, since this going to require some serious recovery time. With any luck he will go under the scope and not the knife, but if the more drastic measure is needed, and if Hanley is good with it, so be it. It is time to get this thing fixed once and for all. If that is possible.
The good news for Hanley: his crappy season has finally come to a close. Now, he can start to move past it.
Hanley is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2012.