(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss the first two months of the regular season to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Ramirez suffered the injury on Tuesday after he was diving for a ball in a game against the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic final.
“The MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s right thumb indicates that the ligament that stabilizes the thumb was torn,” The Dodgers released in a statement on Thursday. “… Dr. Steve Shin, a sports medicine hand specialist at Kerlan Jobe, will perform the surgery. Hanley will have the thumb immobilized for three weeks and is expected to return to competition in approximately eight weeks.”
The Dodgers have Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers who could fill the role while Ramirez is sidelined.
Los Angeles will open up against the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants on April 1.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN