Hanley Ramirez expected to be out for 8 weeks
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery
Friday on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight
weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop
until he’s ready to play.
An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb,
the team said Thursday. Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand
specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles.
Ramirez was injured Tuesday night while playing for the
Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World
Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Ramirez could stat
rehab in about three weeks.
Colletti ruled out an immediate trade to address the temporary
loss of Ramirez.
”Not as of now,” Colletti said. ”If it was all year long,
we’d think about it differently. We’ve got some depth.”
Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz appear to be the leading candidates to
be the opening day shortstop.
It looked as though Gordon was headed to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Gordon, who appeared in 87 games last season, was the Dodgers’
starting shortstop last season until he underwent surgery on July 6
for a similar injury to his right thumb.
Cruz, a former shortstop, has been playing third base during the
spring. He was projected to be at third for the opener against the
San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
If Cruz moves to shortstop and Gordon goes to Albuquerque, the
possibilities at third appear to be Juan Uribe, Nick Punto and
”Right now, I have no idea what happens at shortstop,” said
manager Don Mattingly, who got the news before the Dodgers boarded
a bus for Tucson and a game against the Chicago Cubs. ”At this
point, everything is hypothetical. I don’t know if I’m comfortable
with anything going on at shortstop right now.”
At the start of spring training, Mattingly said Ramirez at
shortstop was a key. He was at third base when the Dodgers obtained
him on July 25 from the Miami Marlins. About three weeks after he
joined the Dodgers, he moved to shortstop, his original
Despite the injury to Ramirez, Mattingly said the WBC ”was
great for the game.”
”You’ve got to go back to what the WBC is all about. Just
because one of our guys gets hurt, doesn’t change that,” he said.
”The tournament, to me, was great, totally cool.”