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E-Rod may be sidelined six months because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure

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E-Rod may be sidelined six months because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure

BOSTON — Maybe now there's more reason to think Hanley Ramirez can have a rebound season in 2018. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, meanwhile, will be recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss the start of the season.

Ramirez and Rodriguez both went to the operating table Tuesday. Ramirez, the designated hitter and first baseman who turns 34 in December, had left shoulder surgery — an announcement he made on Twitter with a picture of himself at the hospital. 

Ramirez's surgery is considered relatively minor.

Rodriguez's right knee ligament reconstruction surgery, however, has a recovery time of six months, which means that's roughly when the Sox expect him back in the majors. But the timetable is imprecise, and either way, the Sox' starting pitching depth may have to be addressed in the offseason. 

Rodriguez, who turns 25 in April, has had been bothered by the right knee for most of the past two seasons. He missed about six weeks this season after dislocating his knee and missed the start of the 2016 season after injuring the knee in spring training.  Rodriguez was 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA last season and is 19-20, 4.23 in 25 career appearances, 24 starts in three seasons for Boston. 

Here's what the Red Sox said in a release about the two surgeries:

HANLEY RAMIREZ AND EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ UNDERGO SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES

BOSTON, MA – First baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful surgeries today.

Ramirez underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL. Ramirez is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.

Rodriguez underwent a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. The procedure was also performed by Dr. Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola. Rodriguez is expected to return to pitching in approximately six months.

 

Ramirez was bothered by both shoulders in 2017, limiting his performance at the plate and also his time at first base. He had a .750 OPS in the regular season after posting an .866 figure a year earlier. He was productive in the Sox' Division Series loss to the Astros, going 8-for-14.

Price explains 'self-healing' elbow, says recent injury is in 'lower triceps'

Price explains 'self-healing' elbow, says recent injury is in 'lower triceps'

CLEVELAND -- For the first time since he was hurt in spring training, David Price gave some detail as to what’s going on with his elbow injury — and what he meant when he said he has a “unique” elbow.

Speaking to Ken Rosenthal of the The Athletic, Price said that his arm injury most recently is  “kind of the lower triceps -- that’s where I felt it.” 

“It wasn’t pain,” Price said via Rosenthal. “And it was only on an off-speed pitch. The days that I played catch in Seattle (before his second trip to the DL), I could throw as hard as I wanted with the fastball, and it was fine. But when I spun a breaking ball or threw a changeup, that’s when I felt it.”

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When Price was hurt for the first time in 2017, back in spring training, he visited a pair of renowned surgeons and came back to Florida with news that he had a unique elbow. He did not detail what that meant, except to say if he were younger, he could have gone under the knife.

Price said at the time he didn't know what his injury was

Apparently, his unique elbow involves a self-healing quality.

“It heals itself,” Price said of his elbow. “It lays down bone on my ligament. It calcifies and turns into bone.”

Dr. James Andrews, who examined Price, explained the situation to Rosenthal as a generality, not with specifics to Price.

“Repeated stress to the ligament over its attachment below the joint causes a gradual pulling reaction that over time forms what we call a traction spur,” Andrews said. “It pulls on it and instead of pulling off, it has a healing response with calcification and eventually bone formation. The bone that forms protrudes up into the ligament. You can say that the actual ligament turns into bone as it progresses.”

Price is in Boston as the Red Sox play the Indians in Cleveland. He threw out to 90 feet on Tuesday from flat ground and was scheduled to throw again from flat ground on Wednesday.

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Eduardo Rodriguez told to rest injured right knee for 3-4 weeks

Eduardo Rodriguez told to rest injured right knee for 3-4 weeks

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox are unlikely to see one of their key stating pitchers until the second half, if at all.

CSNNE.com has learned that Dr. James Andrews’ recommendation to Eduardo Rodriguez was to attempt to rest for three to four weeks and try to recover conservatively from a right knee subluxation rather than go for surgery. Rodriguez went to Andrews today to receive a second opinion on his injury.

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Surgery this season, or really at any time, remains possible.

The news was positive overall for the Red Sox left-hander, because it means there’s a chance he helps down the stretch run. There’s still swelling in Rodriguez’s right knee, but there's said to be no ligament damage discovered.

Rodriguez was headed to New York on Monday, where the Sox open a three-game series with the Yankees on Tuesday.

Eventually, surgery may still be necessary -- be it during this regular season, or in the future -- and that procedure would shelve Rodriguez for roughly five to six months. Another subsequent subluxation of the knee would likely send Rodriguez to the operating table.

The injury is the same Rodriguez suffered in spring training 2016. He was most recently hurt in Baltimore on Thursday, falling over in the bullpen while warming up for the game. Rodriguez said he did not feel discomfort during that 94-pitch start until the next day, when he was put on the disabled list.