Bad news for Dodgers?

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured left thumb.

"They've painted both pictures, and it's a pretty big window," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. "We're guessing."

Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third Tuesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0.

Ramirez was set to have an MRI exam when he returned to Dodgers camp Wednesday. Mattingly said a mild sprain would likely leave the All-Star infielder out for a couple of weeks, but a major injury would make it much longer.

"They're going from a guy coming out of a big game, to a guy who also stayed in the game and had a single," Mattingly said.

"Until the MRI, we're guessing. He could be feeling great, we don't know. We're concerned enough to get an MRI. He's coming out of a game, a pretty big game — guys don't want to come out of those."

Miguel Tejada eventually replaced Ramirez in the championship game.

In other Dodgers news, right-hander Zack Greinke pitched four innings against White Sox minor-leaguers in his first game action in nearly three weeks because of a sore elbow. Greinke said he felt good and expected to be ready for the start of the season.

WBC ALL-STARS: Rays closer Fernando Rodney of the champion Dominican Republic was named to the All-World Baseball Classic team. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who hit .469 for the Dominicans, was the tournament MVP.

ROBINSON MOVIE: Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will host an advance screening April 11 of an upcoming movie about Jackie Robinson, who broke major-league baseball's color barrier. Thomas Butch of the financial firm Waddell and Reed announced that actors Harrison Ford and Andre Holland will be among those appearing at the screening of 42.

MARLINS release figgins: Infielder Chone Figgins, a former Brandon High standout, was released by the Marlins. Figgins, 35, batted .181 in 66 games with the Mariners last season.

D'BACKS-PIRATES TRADE: Arizona traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth. The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

BREWERS-A'S TRADE: Milwaukee acquired minor-league third baseman Stephen Parker from Oakland for minor-league right-hander Darren Byrd.

ANGELS: Right-hander Tommy Hanson was pulled before the start of the fourth inning with triceps tightness. He's listed as day to day.

ASTROS: Right-hander Bud Norris will start the major-league season opener against the Rangers on March 31.

METS: Right-hander Shaun Marcum was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and received a cortisone injection.

Bad news for Dodgers? 03/20/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:09am]

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