NASHVILLE -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly made clear Tuesday that he continues to view Hanley Ramirez as his likely opening-day shortstop.
“I kind of feel like Hanley can do anything,” Mattingly said.
Ramirez has said he wants to represent the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, which would result in his missing a part of spring training. Mattingly said he wouldn’t have a problem with that, provided that Ramirez plays shortstop.
A career-long shortstop, Ramirez played third base for the Miami Marlins for most of this year. He was moved back to his old position soon after his midseason trade to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers supported Ramirez’s decision to play winter ball in his homeland because they wanted him to improve his defensive play.