With the Cleveland Guardians out of the playoffs, Jose Ramirez is expected to undergo surgery on his right hand in the next few weeks. It's not a new injury for Ramirez, however, as he's been dealing with it for months.
The latest news on Ramirez reports that he originally sustained the injury in mid-June. With the Guardians locked in a three-way battle for the AL Central all season, missing significant time was not an option for Ramirez.
Jose Ramirez Injury Update
Ramirez missed just two games and underwent an MRI before returning to the lineup on June 21. While he could have undergone surgery at that point, he did not want to leave the team in the middle of a pennant race. He had not missed a single game before the injury and sat out only five all year, playing in 157 of 162 regular-season contests.
While Ramirez's commitment to the team was admirable, it did hamper his performance in the second half. He was having an MVP-caliber season before the injury, batting .305/.397/.642 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs in 60 games. He clearly wasn't the same hitter after the injury, however, as his power was noticeably diminished. He hit .264/.329/.437 with 13 homers and 64 RBIs in 97 games the rest of the way. Even so, he still made the All-Star team, led the American League in doubles (44) and racked up a career-high 126 RBIs.
With a full offseason to rest and recover, the hope is that the four-time All-Star can come back healthy and strong for the Guardians in 2023. Thankfully the surgery is not affected to affect his readiness for next year, as long as he doesn't suffer any major setbacks. Ramirez is one of the best players in baseball when healthy, as he showed during the first half of 2022, so Cleveland is counting on him to anchor its lineup again and help the team return to the postseason.