The Cleveland Guardians won 92 games in the 2022 regular season, defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card round, and took the New York Yankees to the maximum of five games in the AL Division Series.
Considering the fact several analysts, fans, and other media members didn’t even have them as playoff hopefuls, you could say it was a very successful campaign.
Third baseman Jose Ramirez was behind the team’s great performance, leading the way with his usual blend of contact, power, speed, and defense.
As it turns out, he was playing with a torn thumb ligament since June that clearly affected his second-half performance.
At the time, he opted against surgery to help the Guardians make a push for the playoffs.
Time proved him right, because the Guards made it all the way to October, and better yet, made some noise there.
Ramirez Went Under The Knife
Now that the season is over, he took care of business.
“José Ramírez underwent right thumb surgery this morning at Dayton’s Kettering Health to repair the ulnar collateral ligament injury suffered in June. Procedure went as expected and he is slated to resume baseball activity in 6-8 weeks,” the Guardians reported via Twitter.
José Ramírez underwent right thumb surgery this morning at Dayton's Kettering Health to repair the ulnar collateral ligament injury suffered in June.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) November 9, 2022
Ramirez should be ready to go in a couple of months, giving him ample time to get to spring training with the thumb being a non-issue.
No one knows if Cleveland would have made the postseason while losing Ramirez for more than two months back in June: even though they ended up winning the Central by 11 games, we are inclined to say they probably wouldn’t have.
It’s not easy to replace a .280/.355/.514 line, 29 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 126 RBI, and 6.2 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
He is just too important for the team.