Update: Hanley Ramirez Will Start Season on DL, Out For Two Months
Yesterday I wrote that the Dodgers’ where waiting for the MRI results for Hanley Ramirez injured thumb. The results came back today and weren’t what the Dodgers’ wanted to hear. The MRI exam on Ramirez’s right thumb revealed a torn ligament that require surgery and keep him out of action for eight weeks. Ramirez hurt his thumb in Tuesday’s WBC championship game.
Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly was not happy, to say the least, with the news. In an interview he let his frustrations be known.”I’m not comfortable with anything going on at shortstop right now,” Mattingly said. “Am I going to be comfortable in eight weeks with a guy who hasn’t played if it’s a mess there? It depends what his work looks like I guess. Is he going to be able to get tons of work and make us say he looks great still? Then you play in rehab games and that looks great. But again we’re in hypotheticals.”
“Having an original plan where we’re trying to develop a guy and get him back to where we think he can be,”Mattingly added. “Then all of a sudden, you try to totally change gears on the spur of the moment. You should at least take a couple of seconds, try to think about it and what’s the best thing for everybody.”
Hanley seemed dejected but optimistic when he spoke.”I was hoping to play through it,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes, you play with pain. But not any chance I can do that. It’s bad,” added Ramirez. “It’s something I can’t control. It could happen anywhere. Unfortunately, it happened in the WBC. It’s very disappointing.
When Hanley was asked if his injury was a justification for why high-profile players shouldn’t play in the WBC, Ramirez stated. “It could have happened anywhere,” Ramirez said. “It could happen at Spring Training, in BP. Everything is not negative in life. You have to stay positive.” Ramirez added.”This is my main thing, the Los Angeles Dodgers, even though I played in the WBC, represented my country. It was an honor. At the same time, this is my team. This is not easy. It’s going to be tough, but what can we do? There are a lot of guys that can do a lot of damage on this team.”