Ramirez recently underwent a surgical procedure to remove polyp from his colon, Todd Rosiak reported moments ago. The issue was discovered during a routine exam and is not believed to be serious. Ron Roenicke told reporters Ramirez is fine, will still report to camp on time and is already swinging a bat, but will be a few days behind when spring training games start in about a week.
Ramirez turns 36 in June and is coming off one of his worst seasons in the majors. Knee injuries limited him to just 92 games in 2013 and he hit .283/.370/.461, posting his second-lowest OPS since 2003. His 43 runs scored were his lowest total since 2000, when he was just 22 years old. In 2012 Ramirez hit 50 doubles and finished ninth in the voting for NL MVP.
There's a strong chance this will be a non-story once Ramirez reports to camp and starts playing in games. But given his slow start in 2012 and his early knee injury in 2013, getting Ramirez healthy and strong to start the season has to be a high priority this spring.