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Red Sox surgeries: Eduardo Rodriguez out 6 months; Hanley Ramirez has shoulder procedure

Rob Bradford
October 17, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Two surgeries have already begun the intrigue for the Red Sox' 2018 season.

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that both first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent surgeries performed by Dr. James Andrews. The following is the release put out by the team:

Accoring to WebMD.com, a shoulder debridement "involves removing loose fragments of tendon, thickened bursa, and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged tissue from the region of the shoulder joint, it helps the doctor to see the extent of the injury and determine whether you need more surgery."

Ramirez is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, although he has the opportunity have his $22 option vest for 2019 if the righty hitter manages 497 plate appearances in '18, while also passing a team physical.

Rodriguez's surgery was obviously more extensive than what Ramirez went through. The lefty pitcher already missed 1 1/2 months after re-injuring his right knee during a June 1 start in Baltimore, having dealt with the ailment since initially experiencing problems during 2016 spring training. He also had issues with the knee while pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League last offseason.

The injury will seemingly make the health of Steven Wright -- who missed most of 2017 after undergoing surgery on his left knee -- even more important. Other depth starting options include Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez, Roenis Elias and Jalen Beeks.

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