Mar 20, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
Hanley Ramirez is headed for an MRI exam on the thumb injury he suffered in the World Baseball Classic title game, so the Dodgers will have a clearer picture of his status tomorrow.
In the meantime manager Don Mattingly indicated the early word on Ramirez is that he’ll miss at least two weeks and could miss 8-10 weeks in a worst-case scenario.
Either way he’s now a long shot to be in the lineup on Opening Day, which is less than two weeks away.
Dee Gordon is currently sidelined by an ankle injury of his own, so Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times writes that the likely Ramirez fill-in would be Luis Cruz. At least assuming it’s a short-term injury rather than the two-month version. As for who would play third base if Cruz shifted to shortstop, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr. could split time and … well, Juan Uribe is still getting paid to do something.
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