In the wake of Hanley Ramirez's injury, the Los Angeles Dodgers' regular infield will consist of Justin Sellers at shortstop and Luis Cruz at third base, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.
While manager Don Mattingly didn't call Sellers at short and Cruz at third an every-day thing, he did term it as "pretty much a regular thing," according to Plunkett.
Ramirez suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb earlier this spring while manning third base for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. The injury will cause him to miss significant time, as he's set to be on the disabled list until late May or early June.
There was speculation that the Dodgers' search for Ramirez's replacement could go in several different directions, but the team has decided on Sellers. The 27-year-old spent parts of two seasons in the majors, and he's hit .214/.290/.214 this spring.
Making his major league debut in 2011, Sellers hit .203/.283/.301 with nine doubles and one home runs over 139 plate appearances that season. Last year, he hit .205/.286/.386 over 50 plate appearances, while manning shortstop as well as second and third base. Over parts of eight seasons in the minor, he owns a career batting line of .268/.356/.391.