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Hanley Ramirez claims he is on track to rejoin the Dodgers “way sooner” than expected

Apr 16, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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From Mark Saxon of

The Dodgers originally thought Ramirez would be out until late May, but he has begun taking batting practice and fielding grounders. The team has outfitted him with a special splint to protect his surgically repaired right thumb that allows him to throw.

“It’s awesome. No pain, nothing,” Ramirez said. “Definitely it’s going to happen way sooner than it’s supposed to.”

The Dodgers have not confirmed that Hanley is ahead of schedule, but they’re also not denying it.

Ramirez fractured his right thumb on March 19 while playing for his native Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He underwent surgery to repair the broken bone on March 22.

Filling in for the Dodgers at shortstop has been Justin Sellers, who carried a brutal .176/.263/.265 batting line into Tuesday night’s game against the Padres. Getting Ramirez back early would be huge.

  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Well good.Hopefully he can hit because the rest of the dodgers sans Gonzalez aren’t hitting worth crap

  2. Rich Peters - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Reblogged this on Higher Ground.

  3. MyTeamsAllStink - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Can he pitch because the rest of the staff sans Kershaw can’t

  4. timmmah10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    ^ Two sans comments in one artice? This guy will be feverishly rubbing one out all night.

    • ptfu - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Comic Sans isn’t just a font anymore.

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