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Hanley Ramirez needs surgery for WBC injury, out two months with torn thumb ligament

Mar 21, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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The thumb injury that caused Hanley Ramirez to leave the World Baseball Classic championship game turned out to be a significant one, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers shortstop has a torn ligament that will require surgery.

He’s scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow, will be totally shut down for at least three weeks, and is expected to miss approximately eight weeks overall. In other words, he may not be back in the Dodgers’ lineup until June.

Yesterday manager Don Mattingly indicated that he’d shift Luis Cruz from third base to shortstop in Ramirez’s absence and use Nick Punto or Jerry Hairston Jr. at third base, but now that the Ramirez timetable is two months instead of the two weeks the Dodgers were hoping for Dee Gordon could eventually emerge as an option.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Maybe they can transplant that accursed .342 amulet into someone else while he’s under anaesthesia. They could claim it was a kidney or something.

  2. darthicarus - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Now this is where someone will complain that the WBC is to blame and it shouldn’t exist because these injuries could be avoided. Had this injury occurred during a Spring Training game or practice it would be written off as “part of the game”.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      This is why the WBC shouldn’t exist. These injuries didn’t have to happen. Spring training injuries are just part of the game and always have been.

      Hey Icarus – good call! Meet me in Vegas!

      • psuravens19 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Did Chase Headley hurt his thumb at the WBC?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      The only thing I question about the WBC is whether players try to play through injuries while they are at the WBC. if this was something that Ramirez felt a slight twinge in his wrist, but tried to play through it because he was in the WBC as opposed to meaningless spring training games, then I think it would be a legitimate gripe.

      It isn’t like every single injury just “happens”. A lot of times, an injury in one body part occurs because of an injury to a different body part…i.e a pitcher twists his ankle, tries to pitch through it, and hurts his shoulder. Also, these guys are away from the trainers that they are most comfortable with so they may not be as quick to tell them they feel some pain. I fully believe that Wright’s injury would not have gotten so severe if this were a typical spring training because he would not have tried to play through it. As for Ramirez, with what I can remember about his history, I doubt he would have played through the pain, but you never know.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        He was hurt while diving for a ball in the infield. Considering most 3B do it all the time (Michael Young I’m looking at you) are you going to argue it’s not something done in ST?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Nah, in Hanley’s case the injury was unavoidable so I just f’d that one up. Freak things like Hanley’s though…nah, that can happen anytime. For some reason, I had it in my head that he had hurt his wrist not his thumb, and that it was sore for a while but he played on it in the WBC. I don’t know WHERE the hell I got that from at all.

        However, I stand by the rest of my comment that in the case of Wright, he hurt his back further by playing injured because it was the WBC and if it was meaningless spring training games he would have sat out until he felt 100%.

  3. blabidibla - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    And thus begins the Dodgers slow and tortuous descent into 3 place in the NLW.

  4. bobcrs - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    “HanRam”?? What is the TMZ?!?!….Please no more of that goofy nonsense.

  5. beavertonsteve - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    If Dee Gordon gets healthy that will certainly help. He won’t be able to replace Rameirez’s power but at least he’s better in the field and will provide some speed.

    • blabidibla - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Dee Gordon SS Fielding Percentage .949%, Hanley .968 Gordon made an error ever 4.48 games, Hanley every 7.08

      Dee Gordon is a butcher with the glove.

  6. randygnyc - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    It’s why teams don’t allow players to participate in dangerous activities in the offseason, etc. the WBC infringes on a players expected “UNDIVIDED LOYALTY” to their team, as long as their contract is in effect. Since the teams, not MLB, don’t benefit from the WBC, they should include clauses in their contracts from player participation. Just because bud’s spell over the owners, about how this raises baseballs profile worldwide, doesn’t mean this spell can’t be broken.

    • bravojawja - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Baseball is a “dangerous activity”? I guess major leaguers need to stay away from winter ball down in the Dominican and Venezuela, huh? Or playing catch with their kid.

      • cktai - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        To be fair, there is a very thin line between playing catch with your kid and jumping on a trampoline with your kid; and we all know what can happen when you jump on a trampoline…

  7. evanwins - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    The Dodgers are seriously lacking depth on the left side of the infield.

  8. paperlions - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Injuries like this at the WBC aren’t really the kind of thing that would bother me as a fan…annoying, sure, but this type of thing can happen anytime. I would worry far more about pitchers staying on their throwing program, especially young pitchers, and progressing on schedule through the spring. For the Cardinals, I think not having Yadi in camp for three weeks so that he could work with all of their young pitchers more was a far bigger concern than any injury possibility.

  9. evanwins - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Suppose you’re a pimp and you have 10 great girls working for you, earning you money. Every night they go out and they make you more money. Now one of them has to go to another city to, I don’t know, visit he r mom. SHe asks you if she can go and work while she’s there, she knows another pimp there and you know him so you reluctantly agree – what do you have to gain by her working for this other guy? Nothing. Sure, she’ll stay in shape and keep in practice with her prostitue skills but she could be doing that at home with you.

    Now she goes to this other city and while she’s there she gets seriously hurt. In fact she’s hurt so bad that when she comes home she won’t be able to work for you for 2 months of your busiest time. THis also puts more pressure on the rest of your girls to make up for the slack of missing this one girl.

    You’re out tons of money, you’re busiest time of year is going to suffer and your other girls are gong to suffer until your injured girl gets back.

    You had nothing to gain by letting her go and work for someone else. In fact, you spent a lot of money on this girl already, what with the plastic surgery and the STD treatments and now you don’t have anyhting to show for it for the 1st 2 months of your busy season.

    It’s hard out here for a pimp.

  10. danolson68 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Can we stop referring to this guy as “HanRam?” That’s the stupidest nickname since Bragelina.

  11. dwdive - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Who is more over rated and going to be a bigger let down when they don’t make the playoffs, Dodgers or Braves? For some reason the media is in love with these 2 teams, and neither one of them will make the playoffs.

  12. gibbskins9 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Not exactly brand names on a contender with a 3 billion dollar payroll

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