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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez requires surgery on his injured thumb.
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Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports that Ramirez will undergo surgery on his thumb on Friday in Los Angeles. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Steve Shin.
It was reported yesterday that the Dodgers had received a potential injury time frame for Ramirez of two to 10 weeks, per Dominican Republic team doctors.
A mild injury -- such as a sprain -- would have required Han-Ram to miss at least two weeks. Pending surgery would indicate the injury is more severe -- potentially a tear -- meaning the shortstop will likely require closer to 10 weeks of recovery time.
Ramirez sustained his injury while diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic. He jammed his thumb on the infield and was eventually removed from the contest.
The Dodgers acquired Ramirez from the Miami Marlins last summer. While he spent a majority of last season manning third base, LA planned on using the 29-year-old as its regular at short this season.
Ramirez has struggled offensively over the past two seasons -- hitting only .252/.326/.416 from 2011-12. However, he was considered one of the best offensive shortstops in the game entering the 2011 campaign, as he maintained a batting line of .313/.385/.520 from 2005-10.
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