Dodgers' lose shortstop Ramirez for eight weeks

TUCSON, Ariz. — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to have surgery today on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at short until he's ready to play.

An MRI exam indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb, the team said Thursday. Ramirez was injured Tuesday while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Ramirez could stat rehab in about three weeks. Colletti ruled out an immediate trade to address the hole at short.

"Not as of now," Colletti said. "If it was all year long, we'd think about it differently. We've got some depth."

Nick Punto played shortstop and went hitless in three at-bats in Thursday's 5-4 victory over a Cubs split squad.

Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz also appear to be candidates.

It looked as though Gordon was headed to Triple-A Albuquerque. Gordon, who appeared in 87 games last season, was the starting shortstop last season until he had surgery July 6 for a similar injury to his right thumb. Cruz, a former shortstop, has been playing third base this spring. He was projected to be at third for the opener.

Other options are Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston.

"Right now, I have no idea what happens at shortstop," manager Don Mattingly said. "At this point, everything is hypothetical. I don't know if I'm comfortable with anything going on at shortstop right now."

Braves: Right-hander Tim Hudson was named the opening day starter, then threw six scoreless innings in a 4-3 over the Nationals. Hudson went into the game with a 5.40 ERA this spring. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none while throwing 45 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco gave up four runs on eight hits in a 5-4 win over Arizona as he battles former Ray Scott Kazmir for the fifth spot in the rotation, now that Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, was sent to Triple A.

Mets: Third baseman David Wright was officially named the fourth captain in team history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco. "This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far," Wright, 30, said. … The team also announced Jonathon Niese would start opening day.

Rangers: Left-hander Matt Harrison was named the opening day starter by manager Ron Washington. Right-hander Yu Darvish will start the second game.

Reds: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, who has a 2.25 ERA as the team tries him in a starting role this spring, is likely headed back to the bullpen to close, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. But manager Dusty Baker and GM Walt Jocketty both said no decision had been made. … Mark Prior, trying another comeback, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and hitting a batter.

Dodgers' lose shortstop Ramirez for eight weeks 03/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:52pm]

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