DENVER — AJ Ramos’ season — and perhaps his Mets career — is over.
The righthanded reliever will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the Mets announced Tuesday.
The timing of the injury is particularly unfortunate for Ramos, who will head into free agency this winter with a 6.41 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 28 games this season. He has been sidelined since May 28 with what the Mets called a right shoulder strain.
The rehabilitation process after this surgery can take up to a year, manager Mickey Callaway said, “depending on what they have to do in there.”
“That’s not a fun rehab,” Callaway said. “That’s tough.”
An All-Star closer for the Marlins in 2016, Ramos never quite recaptured his top form after coming to the Mets from Miami in a trade late last July for two prospects. After he posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 21 games with his new team, the Mets opted to tender him a contract for 2018, ultimately agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.225 million, making him the team’s highest-paid pitcher this season.
The Mets bet on him as being a part of their late-inning relief corps alongside closer Jeurys Familia, free-agent addition Anthony Swarzak and lefthander Jerry Blevins. It did not work out. Ramos (like Blevins) quickly lost his job as a setup man, and Swarzak missed two months with an oblique injury.
“To lose him is tough,” Callaway said. “We’re just now getting three of them at the same time the last few days. We’re going to miss that fourth guy like we were counting on [with] Ramos.”
In seven major-league seasons, Ramos, 31, has a 3.07 ERA and 99 saves.