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Hanley Ramirez to have surgery on injured thumb, may miss 8 weeks

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is facing surgery and a lengthy absence. (Getty Images)

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has confirmed. According to the team, he's expected to be sidelined for the next eight weeks.

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Ramirez injured the thumb while attempting to make a play in the field during Tuesday night's championship game of the World Baseball Classic.

Ramirez was acquired from the Marlins during the 2012 season and put up a solid 112 OPS+ after the trade. The 29-year-old Ramirez is a career .298/.371/.495 hitter and in 2009 was the runner-up in the NL MVP balloting.

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that, during Ramirez's absence, Luis Cruz will shift over to shortstop while Juan Uribe will cover third. Needless to say, that constitutes a significant downgrade for the Dodgers.

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