According to the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers star Hanley Ramirez could miss as many as 10 weeks if his thumb injury turns out to be serious.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 21, 12:50 PM ET by Stephen Meyer
Hanley Ramirez is headed to the operating table and is expected to miss eight weeks of action for the Dodgers.
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
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Ramirez jammed his thumb in Tuesday's World Baseball Classic championship while playing for the Dominican Republic, which eventually captured its first tournament title over Puerto Rico.
The importance of Ramirez to the Dodgers in 2013 cannot be understated. If the multi-billion dollar club is going to live up to expectations and make a run at the World Series, it needs its starting shortstop in the lineup.
In a worst-case scenario, Ramirez gets fitted for a cast, sits out until June and then slumps in the following weeks as he rediscovers his swing. Hopefully, the MRI reveals a minor injury that can be rested, iced and healed quickly so all of that nonsense is avoided.
Just in case, though, let's explore three hypothetical moves the Dodgers could make to replace Ramirez for the time being.
Please keep in mind that I do not want, nor expect, the Dodgers to swing a trade. But in the event that they do consider it, these are three viable solutions.