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Red Sox's Ramirez, Rodriguez undergo successful surgeries

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(TSX / STATS) -- Boston Red Sox first baseman and designated hitter Hanley Ramirez underwent successful left shoulder surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, the team announced.

Ramirez, 33, had a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla.

"Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in prayers. Coming back stronger in '18, love you all #RedSoxNation RedSox," Ramirez wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday accompanied with a picture of himself in a hospital bed.

Ramirez, a 13-year veteran and three-time All-Star, had a career-worst .242 batting average with 23 home runs and 62 RBIs this past season, his third full campaign with the Red Sox after joining the team on a four-year, $88 million contract.

The former National League Rookie of the Year has a $22 million vesting option for a fifth year with 1,050 plate appearances between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Ramirez needs 497 more plate appearances for the option to kick in after 553 trips to the plate in 2017.

Boston also announced that left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent a successful right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction surgery on Tuesday. The procedure was also performed by Dr. Andrews.

Rodriguez, 24, is expected to return to pitching in six months, per the team.

The young southpaw posted a 6-7 record with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) last season, his third in the big leagues. Rodriguez is 19-20 with a 4.23 ERA in 66 career appearances (65 starts).

Updated October 17, 2017

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