The jammed thumb he suffered in the World Baseball Classic Championship game will force Hanley Ramirez out of game action for the next two months. Ramirez will have to undergo surgery on the thumb, which of course was the worst case scenario.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ramirez's surgery will repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The surgery is scheduled to take place today, and Ramirez will begin rehab shortly after. The Dodgers do not plan to go out and seek a part-time replacement for Ramirez.
GM Ned Colleti has said the club will look to internal candidates to fill the void at shortstop. The most likely candidates are Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz. Juan Uribe can also play shortstop if needed.
The injury is all the more frustrating for opponents of the World Baseball Classic. Ramirez may have been injured in a meaningless spring game just as easily, but many people will question further whether players should participate in the WBC.
What do you think? Should MLB players continue playing in the WBC?
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