Former Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez underwent right shoulder surgery last Monday in anticipation of making a comeback next season, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. Ramirez hopes to be healthy and playing somewhere in 2020.
Ramirez had the surgery after “years of discomfort,” per Heyman, who adds the 35-year-old has undergone three surgeries on his left shoulder in the past.
Ramirez played 16 games for the Indians at the beginning of this season, hitting .184/.298/.327 with two homers before being cut in mid-April. He had previously sat out most of the 2018 season after being released by the Red Sox in May.
Ramirez signed a 4-year, $88 million deal with the Red Sox before the 2015 season and wound up hitting .260/.326/.450 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs in 429 games. He was designated for assignment in a surprising move last May and sat at home while the Sox paid the remainder of his contract.
Ramirez is a 15-year major-league veteran who has spent time with the Red Sox (2005, 2015-18), Marlins (2006-12), Dodgers (2012-14) and Indians (2019). He’s a three-time All-Star and won the N.L. Rookie of the Year award in 2007.