PHILADELPHIA -- Just received word from the Marlins that Dr. James Andrews performed an "open" surgical repair of Hanley Ramirez's left shoulder, which was not unexpected. But it does mean his healing period could be anywhere from four to eight months.
The Marlins are still saying they expect Ramirez to be ready by Opening Day (April 4), though it's possible he might not be ready for the start of spring training.
Former Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who is now with the Braves, underwent a similar procedure in the summer of 2002 and said he was ready to play within months. As it turned out, Gonzalez was good to go on Opening Day in 2003 and enjoyed one of his top offensive seasons.
Ramirez had arthroscopic surgery on the left shoulder following the 2007 season. But doctors opted for a more invasive procedure on Thursday.