Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss eight weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb. He'll undergo surgery on Friday in Los Angeles, and probably won't be back with the team until mid to late May.
Ramirez suffered the thumb injury in the WBC championship game on Tuesday against Puerto Rico, when he dove for a Jesus Feliciano grounder and landed awkwardly on his hand.
With Ramirez out to start the year, it looks like the Dodgers will be forced to reluctantly turn to Dee Gordon at short. Gordon hit a wretched .228/.280/.281 for the Dodgers in 330 plate appearances in 2012, contributing 32 stolen bases and -1.1 fWAR to the team. His struggles were essentially the reason that the team even acquired Ramirez. Now, Gordon is going to be back in the spotlight for the Dodgers, and things are about to get a lot more difficult to start the year.
Ramirez joins Carl Crawford as projected Dodgers offensive starters that will begin the year on the DL, and starting pitcher Zack Greinke may join them due to an inflammed elbow. Don't crown them just yet, folks.
UPDATE: The Dodgers are apparently going to go with Luis Cruz at short and Juan Uribe at third while Ramirez is out, according to Jon Heyman of CBS. That might actually be a worse option than going with Gordon. Uribe will turn 34 on Friday, and he's been a disaster offensively over the last two years coming off the bench with the Dodgers. But hey, the Dodgers are paying Uribe $7 million this season. I guess they want to try to get at least some return on the three year, $21 million contract they signed him to prior to the 2011 season.