LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Indians infielder Jose Ramirez underwent a left-thumb ligament reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least two months.
Ramirez, who might be ready for full baseball activities in the early portion of Spring Training, had the operation performed by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland. The 21-year-old infielder injured his hand on Nov. 22 during a slide in a game for Este in the Dominican Winter League.
Ramirez -- called up to the big leagues from Double-A as part of Cleveland's September promotions last season -- hit .333 (4-for-12) in 15 games for the Tribe. The utility man appeared mostly as a pinch-runner during the Indians' stretch run to the postseason.
In 113 games with Double-A Akron this past season, Ramirez hit .272 with a .325 on-base percentage and a .349 slugging percentage. Along the way, he piled up three home runs, 25 extra-base hits, 38 RBIs, 38 stolen bases and 78 runs in the Minors.
During winter ball, Ramirez hit .287 with nine extra-base hits, seven RBIs and 11 runs scored in 25 games for Este.