Hanley Ramirez has successful surgery on shoulder

Hanley Ramirez(notes) went through successful shoulder surgery, leaving the Florida Marlins hopeful that he can return for opening day in 2012. Fantasy baseball team owners have had to struggle through an entire season of injuries with Ramirez, but even the franchise had thought he would be back by the time September call-ups were made.

According to MLB.com, the surgery was an open repair (non-Arthroscopic) to his left shoulder. This is the same shoulder that he injured back on Aug. 1 when he tried to make a diving catch against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He was placed on the disabled list just over a week later when it was determined that his shoulder was popping out of place. Rest and rehab were supposed to be enough to get him back on the roster by Sept. 2, but his shoulder slightly separated again while in a rehab game.

Ramirez was shut down shortly after that slight shoulder separation, and he had been approaching the surgery that finally took place on Thursday. Now he is definitely done for the year and will certainly have to go through a prolonged rehab regiment during the offseason in order to be ready for next year.

This is an injury that he could definitely come back from with very little residual effect, and it's a good plan that Florida decided to simply shut him down. He was already mired in the worst statistical season of his career, and many fans were getting frustrated that he wasn't showing enough heart or a positive attitude in the dugout. Now those fans probably hope that the time away from the game will help him to adjust both aspects to his approach.

Ramirez finishes the 2011 season with 10 home runs, and 20 stolen bases and a .243 batting average in just 92 games played. That is the lowest batting average he has had since he hit .292 in his rookie season, and it is going to be the fewest stolen bases, home runs, RBIs, and hits that he has had in any year since joining the Florida Marlins. He is definitely a player that Florida misses when he isn't in the lineup and could be a necessity to the team doing well in the 2012 season.

The road to getting back is probably going to be a long one, but with the long offseason approaching, he has the time to get healthy and back into the lineup by opening day. With the young nucleus of this team getting better by the day, adding Ramirez to the mix again could be a nice spark when he finally returns.

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Updated Friday, Sep 16, 2011