Hanley Ramirez to undergo shoulder surgery next Thursday

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We already knew that Hanley Ramirez was going to require surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but now we have the date.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery next Thursday.

The Marlins hope Ramirez will be ready for spring training, but we won’t get an accurate timetable for his return until the surgery is complete. Early word is that he may need 4-6 months to rehab, which could put him at risk for missing the early part of the 2012 season and the opening of the new Marlins’ ballpark.

Ramirez, 27, batted just .243/.333/.379 with 10 homers, 45 RBI and a .712 OPS over 385 plate appearances this season. He is under contract for $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.