The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a blow on Thursday when it was reported that Hanley Ramirez will be out to start the season with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Continuing to make good use of their social media, the team tweeted:
Hanley Ramirez's right thumb will require surgery. Ramirez is expected to return to competition in approximately 8 weeks.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 21, 2013
This means that he'll miss the beginning of the season, but luckily that isn't too much time.
However, Ned Colletti said that he isn't going to try and trade the starter, but instead will look to the team's depth. Analyst Jason Martinez tweeted a possible solution:
There's also the possibility of Dee Gordon, but after an exciting start last season, it seems like he's destined to be a bench player for now.
Again, the good news is that it's only up to eight weeks that Ramirez is expected to be out, but it's something the team doesn't want to have to deal with right out of the gate.