The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without shortstop Hanley Ramirez for a significant amount of time this season depending on the severity of his thumb injury.
Ramirez jammed his thumb after he dove for a ball in the Dominican Republic’s 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He may be a little upset about the injury, but the fact that he helped his home country win gold in the WBC certainly eased the pain.
As of right now, the Dodgers are not exactly sure how serious the injury really is. If it is merely a sprain, then Ramirez will miss only two weeks. However, if it is any more serious than that, then the organization could be looking at a solid two months without their star infielder.
“They’ve painted both pictures, and it’s a pretty big window,” manager Don Mattingly told the Washington Post. “We’re guessing.”
This is exactly why so many fans and organizations hold their breath when watching something like the WBC. The international tournament is great for baseball and all of the countries that are involved every four years, but it is a nerve-wracking experience because an injury to a significant player could ruin the season for an organization.
The good news is that the injury did not look too serious, and Ramirez will most likely be ready to go the first week of the regular season. However, if he is not able to suit up, then Luis Cruz will be the top candidate to replace him in the lineup.
Ramirez batted .333 with four RBIs and three stolen bases in 15 at-bats before he left camp to meet up with the Dominican Republic squad. He then hit .227 with two home runs, three RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage in 22 at-bats in the WBC.