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A.J. Ramos to get second opinion on injured shoulder

Ramos is deciding between surgery and a ‘more conservative’ route

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The Mets placed AJ Ramos on the disabled list on May 28 with rotator cuff tendinitis. This afternoon, Sandy Alderson told reporters that he was seeking a second opinion about the injury. Ramos is deciding between surgery and a ‘more conservative route’ with his shoulder.

Ramos was acquired mid-season last year from the Miami Marlins. In 21 games for the Mets in 2017, Ramos put up a 90 ERA+, saving seven games, striking out 25, and walking 12 in his 19 innings of service. This season, Ramos has been shakier; in 19.2 innings, Ramos walked more (15) and struck out fewer (22) than he did with a similar workload last season, good for a 60 ERA+.

Ramos is in the final year of his contract, and will be a free agent at season’s end. If he does have rotator cuff surgery, his season is likely over. Between Ramos’s injury, Jeurys Familia on the disabled list and Seth Lugo in the rotation, the bullpen is currently in a state of flux. Alderson did point to a number of minor league arms, including Drew Smith and Eric Hanhold, that may potentially provide help for the bullpen.