Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez underwent left shoulder surgery on Tuesday morning.

Rob Bradford of WEEI, Ramirez had said to reporters that he would not need surgery this off-season, but opted to go under the knife on Tuesday to clear up his injury.  The DH was set for rehab of his shoulder by traditional means before changing cours eon the procedure.

In 2017, he hit .242, which is almost 50 points lower than his career batting average, while 23 HRs and 62 RBIs in 133 games.  Ramirez is going to be in the final year of his contract making $22 million, unless his contract vests with 1,050 plate appearances in the 2017 and 2018 seasons combined.  He logged 553 plate appearances in 2017, needing just 497 more in the upcoming season.