The Cleveland Guardians surprised many around Major League Baseball with a 92-70 finish to the regular season that netted them an American League Central division title.
But with the season now over after their ALDS loss to the New York Yankees this week, the Guardians have some time to unpack the events of the season.
As it turns out, Jose Ramirez had been dealing with a hand injury and will be having surgery this offseason.
Gimenez also was playing through an injury.
He had been dealing with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb for the past month.
José Ramírez decided to play through his thumb injury since there was no risk of making it worse.
Also, Andrés Giménez played through a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb for the last month. He will not need surgery.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) October 21, 2022
Guardians Had Two Compromised Stars
The good news is, Gimenez will not need surgery.
As Zack Meisel pointed out in the tweet above, Ramirez played through the injury because there was no risk for causing the injury to progress.
Still, the Guardians had been dealing with some injuries that fans weren’t fully aware of.
The two of them obviously managed to get through the season despite their injuries, but the Guardians were unable to make a deep run into October, falling short against the Yankees.
Now, the two Guardians stars will have some time to recover from their injuries over the offseason and be prepared for spring training in 2023.
Gimenez and Ramirez were key contributors to the Guardians’ AL Central title run this season.
Fortunately, Gimenez will not require surgery on his thumb and Ramirez’s injury didn’t progress any further.
The Guardians hope that the offseason will give them enough time to heal and be prepared for the spring.