TUCSON, Ariz. -- Hanley Ramirez will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for the first two months of the regular season.
The Dodgers shortstop was injured diving for a ball on Tuesday in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.
“It's something I can't control,” Ramirez told reporters at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Phoenix. “It could've happened anywhere. It could've happened here. It unfortunately happened in the WBC. It's very disappointing."
Ramirez, who played for the tournament champion Dominican Republic, said he initially didn’t think the injury was severe. In fact, Ramirez protested his removal from the game.
"It wasn't that bad,” he said. “Maybe because I was warm. But after I got out of the game, after a couple minutes, I started cooling down, and I started feeling it."