Injured star shortstop Hanley Ramirez's season is officially over.
Team physician Dr. Lee Kaplan recommended surgery to correct the instability in Ramirez's left shoulder, the Marlins announced Saturday evening. Ramirez had an MRI performed on Wednesday and met with Kaplan earlier Saturday to decide what course of action to take.
A baseball source said it has not yet been decided whether Ramirez will undergo arthroscopic or open surgery, as further testing still needs to be performed. But the source said Ramirez will likely heed whatever the doctors advise.
The team announced no surgery date has been set.
Florida said Ramirez will not play again this season and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2012, though the Marlins did not say whether Ramirez would recover in time for the start of spring training, which might depend on the course of action.
Ramirez had arthroscopic surgery on the same shoulder after the 2007 season to repair a torn labrum and returned in time for spring training. But if he undergoes the more invasive open procedure, like was performed on former Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez in 2002, the recovery could take 4 to 8 months.
Regardless of the recovery time, Ramirez will likely want to fix this problem for good, suggesting open surgery might be his best option.
Ramirez took himself out of a minor-league rehab game Tuesday with Single A Jupiter when he felt a “pop” in his shoulder while taking swings in the on-deck circle and returned to Miami for a medical evaluation.
The Marlins had been hoping that Ramirez, who has been out since early August with a sprained shoulder, could rejoin the team Friday.
But now those plans have been shelved, and the focus has turned to 2012.
Ramirez was hitting .243 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI when he injured the shoulder diving for a ball on Aug. 2 in New York.
-- Matt Forman