Red Sox DH can't avoid shoulder operation
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Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox 2017 designated hitter due to shoulder problems that were not going to require surgery, had his left shoulder operated on today.
He was held to just 18 games at first base and spent most of the season under performing as the Red Sox DH, finishing 2017 with a career low .242 AVG, a .750 OPS, and just 23 HR over 133 games.
Ramirez is pulling out all the stops after a disappointing season, hoping not to have to take the same exit from Fenway Park as Pablo Sandoval.
Towards the end of the season, Ramirez tried to convince Red Sox Nation that surgery would not be needed as he was committed to changing his workouts to incorporate Brady bands.
This was just minutes after he said he wasn't having off-season surgery. The Brady bands will have to wait pic.twitter.com/G7cXZahsmR— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) October 17, 2017
For now, Ramirez has a lot to contemplate while finding his motivation for turning it around in 2018.
Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in prayers. Coming back stronger in ‘18, love you all #RedSoxNation @RedSox pic.twitter.com/axDr10BB5x— Hanley Ramirez ⚾️ (@HanleyRamirez) October 17, 2017
The Red Sox need a highly motivated and healthy Ramirez, let's hope a healthy shoulder makes the difference in 2018.
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