TUCSON, Ariz. — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop until he’s ready to play.
An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb, the team said Thursday. Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles.
Ramirez was injured Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Ramirez could stat rehab in about three weeks.
Colletti ruled out an immediate trade to address the temporary loss of Ramirez.
“Not as of now,” Colletti said.
Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz appear to be the leading candidates to be the opening day shortstop.
It looked as though Gordon was headed to Triple-A Albuquerque. Gordon, who appeared in 87 games last season, was the Dodgers’ starting shortstop last season until he underwent surgery on July 6 for a similar injury to his right thumb.