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Hanley Ramirez has cast removed from surgically-repaired thumb

Apr 13, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez is still a few weeks away from joining the Dodgers’ lineup, but he’s making encouraging progress from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

According to Tyler Emerick of MLB.com, Ramirez had the cast removed from his thumb yesterday. The 29-year-old reported feeling pain-free and has better range of motion than he originally expected.

“It feels awesome,” Ramirez said. “I’m definitely happy with it right now, the ligament has gotten a lot stronger already.”

Ramirez was already taking one-handed swings and fielding grounders prior to yesterday, but he should soon be able to test his thumb by making some throws. He will gradually increase his workload from there before going out on a minor league rehab assignment. Ramirez was given an eight-week timetable at the time of his surgery on March 22, so he’s likely looking at a return in late May.

Justin Sellers has functioned as the primary shortstop during Ramirez’s absence and is hitting .192 (5-for-26) with one home run in nine games.

  1. bleedgreen - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Don’t worry, he’ll be hurt again soon enough.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      That green you bleed, is that envy? Nobody’s worried about a ball player who makes good money. Someone who predicts injury for someone else? Different sort of worry.

      • bleedgreen - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        I’m predicting it based on the past. This guy always has some kind of lingering injury that keeps him from fulfilling his potential. In Florida it was his back issues. When he’s healthy and motivated, he’s a great player. He just seems like a guy that if he’s not 100%, he won’t play 100%.

      • jwbiii - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        This is one long injury history (scroll down a bit).

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=31724

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