Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

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Bad news for HanRam.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week.

The recovery time could last anywhere from four to six months, meaning Ramirez might not be ready for the start of spring training next February and could even miss the start of the 2012 regular season.

The news arrives with awful timing for the Marlins, who were hoping to have all hands on deck — especially the face of the franchise — for the opening of their new $500-plus million ballpark next April.

Ramirez, 27, batted just .243/.333/.379 this year with 10 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 45 RBI in 385 major league plate appearances. Despite the rough campaign, he still boasts an impressive .886 career OPS.