A.J. Ramos will undergo surgery on Wednesday for a torn labrum, which will end his 2018 season. The reliever had his shoulder examined on May 27 and was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness on May 28. He was reportedly considering surgery on his shoulder last week, and now he is going under the knife.
The Mets were relying on Ramos to be a big part of their bullpen this season, but he struggled tremendously in 19.2 innings this year, posting an unsightly 6.81 ERA with a 5.13 FIP. He was walking even more batters per inning than he usually had at a rate of 6.86 per nine. He walked home the winning run in the tenth inning of his final appearance against the Brewers on May 25.
With Ramos’s contract expiring at the end of the season, his Mets career may now be over. The Mets traded Merandy Gonzalez and Ricardo Cespedes to acquire Ramos at the trade deadline last year. The move was made with an eye towards 2018, with Ramos under contract for this season. Despite not impressing for the Mets late in 2017, the team still tendered him a contract and settled upon a $9.5 million dollar salary for 2018. Neither the trade nor the tender worked out for the Mets.