Hanley Ramirez Has A Date With Dr. James Andrews On Thursday…
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
The impact of being without Hanley Ramirez has hurt the Marlins for much of the second half.
On Thursday, the Marlins will have a better idea of how long their three-time All-Star shortstop will need to get back on the field.
Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, with the procedure being performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
Ramirez went on the disabled list on Aug. 10, retroactive to Aug. 2, after he injured his shoulder while making a diving attempt to catch a ball against the Mets at Citi Field.
The Marlins had battled back from 11 games below .500 to be 55-55 when Ramirez went down.
Ramirez is hopeful to be ready for Opening Day in 2012.
“With Hanley in the lineup, we had a pretty good record, because he adds to the offense,” manager Jack McKeon said. “Even though he’s had what we consider an off year, he is still a threat to break the game open all the time. Also, how they pitch the other hitters around him.”
Ramirez endured his roughest season, batting .243 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 92 games — all personal lows.
The Marlins’ season was marred by injuries to Ramirez and Josh Johnson, the ace of their staff.
“Hanley and JJ are instrumental on how this team progresses,” McKeon said. “If you look at JJ, he set the tone for these guys. It was kind of a challenge to keep up with him. I think when JJ is out there, you see [Ricky] Nolasco and [Anibal] Sanchez trying to keep up with him. You hope that happens next year.”
McKeon added that Ramirez has the same effect on young players like Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison.
“A healthy JJ and a healthy Ramirez, and add to that the experience of what Stanton and Morrison got this year, it should add to next year,” McKeon said. “You still have got some holes.”