Touch 'Em All: L.A.'s Ramirez out 8 weeks

Posted: March 22, 2013

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.

The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn.

Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Ramirez was at third base when he suffered the injury. The Dodgers moved him to shortstop, his original position, after obtaining him from the Miami Marlins on July 25.

Jeter play limited

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said shortstop Derek Jeter would play only in minor-league spring training games for the rest of spring training.

The move could cut short how much time Jeter would miss if he starts the season on the 15-day disabled list. By not playing him in major-league exhibitions, the Yankees want to be able to backdate Jeter's start time on the DL if that's necessary.

Jeter missed his third straight exhibition game Thursday because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. The 38-year-old captain received an anti-inflammatory injection on Wednesday.

Wright to captain Mets

The New York Mets have made third baseman David Wright the fourth captain in team history. The Mets made the announcement Thursday.

Wright joined Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco as Mets to be appointed captain. Franco was the last player to hold the honor, in 2004.

(It should be noted the Mets did not win either of their two World Series titles with a captain. Hernandez and Carter were on hand for the 1986 title, but neither was named captain until subsequent years.)

The 30-year-old Wright is a six-time all-star and the team's career hits leader. He signed an eight-year, $138 million contract extension with the Mets in the offseason.

Indians option Bauer

The Cleveland Indians have optioned righthander Trevor Bauer and two other pitchers to triple-A Columbus.

Bauer was the overall No. 3 pick by Arizona in the 2011 draft. He was sent to the Indians in the offseason in a three-team trade.

The Indians also optioned lefthander Scott Barnes and righthander Corey Kluber to Columbus.

In addition, Cleveland reassigned lefthander Giovani Soto, a nonroster invitee, to its minor-league camp.

- Associated Press

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