Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery today 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 start rehab in about three weeks.
Colletti ruled out an immediate trade to address the temporary loss of Ramirez.
Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz appear to be the leading candidates to be the opening day shortstop.
Jeter training in minors
New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman says shortstop Derek Jeter will play only in minor-league games for the rest of spring training.
The move could cut short how much time Jeter would miss if he starts the season on the 15-day disabled list.
By not playing in major-league exhibitions, the Yankees want to be able to adjust Jeter’s start time on the DL if that’s necessary.
“I think we need the ability to preserve to back-date him in the event that’s he not going make it,” Cashman said.
Jeter missed his third exhibition game in a row Thursday because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. He expects to resume baseball activities today.
“I wouldn’t call it a setback,” Jeter said. “We’re not talking about my ankle right now. We’re talking about normal soreness that comes after you have surgery. So, I’m not concerned at all about my ankle.”
Braves’ Hudson to start
Tim Hudson was picked to start the opener for the Atlanta Braves.
It will be the third time Hudson has pitched the opener for Atlanta. He also made three opening-day starts with Oakland.
Hudson will start at home on April 1 against Philadelphia.
Hudson was 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA last year. He has a 105-65 career record in eight seasons with the Braves.