Manny Ramirez’s mystery injury


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When word reached the Dodgers that Manny Ramirez underwent surgery this off-season, club officials were surprised, saying they knew nothing of a groin injury that the aging outfielder claimed he had for most of the year.

Well, according to his agent, Ramirez didn’t know about it, either.


But, curiously, it still affected him.

“We found out that Manny had some medical maladies that had to be surgically repaired in the off-season,” Scott Boras said. “It had a pretty big impact on his performance.”

Then why didn’t Ramirez say anything about the injury?

“I’m not sure Manny knew about it,” Boras said. “In fact, I know he didn’t know about it because we were all surprised.”

How did Ramirez say the injury affected him?

“Well, I don’t think Manny felt anything affected him during the season,” Boras said. “It’s just the fact that when you find out you’ve got a situation where you’ve got to have surgery for a hernia-like situation, you obviously know it’s impactful.”

Ramirez, 38, hit .298 with nine home runs and 42 runs batted in over a combined 90 games with the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He hit .261 and drove in two runs with the White Sox, who claimed him off waivers in August.

Boras said Ramirez, who is looking for a one-year contract from an American League team to be a designated hitter, is fully recovered from his surgery and has been working out for five weeks.

Boras described the market as “good.”

“It’s multiple teams,” Boras said.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.