Surgery for Dodgers' Ramirez

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 8 weeks.

The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated 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 in San Francisco.

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.

Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles.

Noteworthy * 

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said shortstop Derek Jeter will 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 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. He expects to resume baseball activities on Friday.

"I wouldn't call it a setback," Jeter said. "We're not talking about my ankle right now. We're talking about normal soreness that comes after you have surgery. So, I'm not concerned at all about my ankle."

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

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.

Wright, 30,is a six-time All-Star and the team's career hits leader. He signed an 8-year, $138 million contract extension with the Mets in the offseason.

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