Hanley Ramirez needs surgery on his injured right thumb.
Sources: Hanley needs surgery on his right thumb. #Dodgers.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2013
The timetable for Hanley is eight weeks following the surgery, meaning at-best we’re probably looking at mid-May for Hanley’s 2013 debut.
Well … say hello to a starting left side of the infield featuring Luis Cruz and some combination of Juan Uribe, Dee Gordon, Nick Punto, or Skip Schumaker.
Honestly, if those are the only options, I’m going with Uribe – and I can’t believe I’m typing that – as he’s at least excellent with the glove.
Zack Greinke took to the mound Wednesday and reported no pain in his elbow following a four-inning, 43-pitch outing.
“Elbow wasn’t an issue today. I wasn’t worried about it. My arm felt really good and strong but the pitches aren’t 100% crisp yet.” -Greinke
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2013
And here are further details on the outing, including the possibility that he could avoid the DL.
Greinke threw 43 pitches in four scoreless innings, and Mattingly got good reports. He said Greinke was able to use all of his pitches and was sitting around 91-93 mph.
Greinke will next start Monday, and though there is a possibility that the Dodgers may have him throw in a minor league game in order to have the option to back date him on the disabled list, Mattingly hinted that might not be needed.
“We’ll keep playing all the scenarios as we go. The health theory is that we’d like to see him on the front fields. I think he wants to be on the front fields, too,” Mattingly said. “At this point if something flares up it’s probably more than a start anyway, so the DL is not going to matter.”
So he’s either going to be ready for the season from the start or head to the DL and miss multiple starts, depending on how the rest of Spring Training goes for him.
The Dodgers will need Greinke at 100% for as much of the season as possible, so caution would be the way to go here.