LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – The Dodgers could soon get their shortstop Hanley Ramirez sooner than expected.
The 29-year-old slugger is hoping to return in time for his bobble head night on Monday April 30th.
“I want to be there.” Ramirez said to reporters on his return after batting practice in Baltimore. “Hopefully, yes”
Ramirez injured his thumb, tearing a ligament, on a diving play at third during the World Baseball classic while playing for his country of the Dominican Republic.
Doctors said he would be out for 8 weeks, returning in mid-May.
Manager Don Mattingly said he would like to send him down to the minors before returning to the Dodgers lineup.
Ramirez said there is no need to go down for a rehab assignment.
“Hell no!” Ramirez said with a huge smile. “I didn’t have an off-season. Let’s see, you know? That’s my opinion. But if they want me to …”
With the Dodgers ranked second to last in runs scored, getting Ramirez back would be a huge up-lift for the ball club.