Hanley Ramirez Needs Surgery, And We Ponder A Reality In Which The Choice Is Between Dee Gordon & Juan Uribe

92topps_hanleyramirezSo here’s the worst-case scenario we all feared: Hanley Ramirez has torn ligaments in his right thumb, which he injured in the final game of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night. (For the record, while I think the WBC is very flawed, it’s unfair to blame this injury on it; Ramirez could have easily injured himself in exactly the same way at Camelback Ranch or Scottsdale or Maryvale.) He will need surgery, and will be out for at least eight weeks. The procedure will take place on Friday, and that puts Ramirez’ return date somewhere near the end of May.

So…. now what?

Nick Punto starts at short in today’s charity game against the Cubs (lineups below — hey look, Angelo Songco!) but that’s clearly not a long-term solution.

Otherwise, you know the alternatives. Dee Gordon was, by at least one measure, the worst all-around shortstop in baseball in 2012 thanks to struggles on both sides of the ball. Juan Uribe took that one step further by not only entering the conversation for worst Dodger of all time, but by making us wonder just what exactly it took to be considered less valuable than him.

As we stand here on March 21, 11 days before the Dodgers and Giants open the season on April 1, we’re not wondering if one of them is going to be on the team. We’re way beyond that. We’re wondering which one is actually going to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.

Dodgers
Cubs
LF
Schumaker
2B
Barney
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Castro
CF
Kemp
1B
Rizzo
RF
Ethier
LF
Hairston
C
A.Ellis
CF
Sappelt
3B
Uribe
C
Castillo
DH
Castellanos
3B
Lillibridge
1B
Songco
RF
Bogusevic
SS
Punto
P
Feldman

Ain’t life fun sometimes?

Don Mattingly has indicated that he’d likely use Luis Cruz at shortstop, and there’s some value to that because it’s probably where he really belongs anyway. Hell, maybe that makes it easier to put Ramirez back at third base and off shortstop, which is what we’d all wanted.

But then that leaves third base in the hands of Uribe, or Punto, or Jerry Hairston, though I’m assuming he’s less likely because of his throwing problems there last year and the need for him to be available in the outfield corners. That’s bad. That’s worse than bad, that’s hideous, and no one should be quoting Uribe’s spring stat line.

Otherwise, you leave Cruz at third and let Gordon handle short, assuming that his minor ankle injury is as inconsequential as we’ve been led to believe, though that comes with its own issues. Gordon really belongs in Triple-A, not just because he was awful last year, but because he missed so much development time with a hand injury of his own.

I’m not sure there’s a right answer here, to be honest. I think Gordon has the potential to be better than Uribe right now, but that says more about Uribe than it does Gordon. Either way, we’re in for some really, really ugly left side lineups in the early part of the season.

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Technogit
Technogit

Do we need more evidence of the absurdity of the World Baseball Classic? If it must happen, why can't it happen in November or December? It's bloody annoying that these guys put themselves in harm's way for nothing more than a bit of nationalistic pride. Then, when they get injured, it's the fans of their REAL job who keep paying their salaries while they recover. Grrrrr.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I want to take a minute and seriously address the idea of Seager seeing time in LA this year. Seager is a top flight prospect that has played baseball his whole life. He has the ceiling of a franchise face. Whether he ever becomes the face of a franchise remains to be seen. Dee Gordon as much as I like the kid is an experiment in transforming a basketball player gifted with great speed into a big league baseball player. Seager's development absolutely must be given the patience and supervision that is afforded to players like Harper and Trout! Both of whom spent their time in the minors until they were ready!

nudibranch
nudibranch

Why not call Seager up for a few weeks to play third?  He can't be (much) worse than Uribe and he'll be fun to watch.

*VND*
*VND*

fan asks if my ABQ logo is a Diamondbacks logo. Damn yo. For reals.

*VND*
*VND*

Dodger website format sucks. I quit that place

JoeyE
JoeyE

so i wonder if donnie is going to go Adrian/Kemp/Ethier to split up the lefties

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Identity crisis, averted. We will pull through this with our overflowing overpowering Pitching, out stifling Defense, and our DINGERS

*VND*
*VND*

I am beginning to talk with people on Dodgers dot com and wow that place sucks. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@nudibranch That ranks right up there with "put Puig at 3rd til Hanley gets well"  Trust me it will be asked a lot in the next week!

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Mike Petriello @nudibranch Harper was 19 last year.......................................and Trout was the year before...........................





I wouldn't take any chances with Seagers development 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@PWEEEEG why are you trolling fellow dodger fans? If you are going to harass a fan base at least make it a rival team.

nudibranch
nudibranch

I agree Cap.  But I still maintain it would be fun.

Lobo
Lobo

@Antonio G @PWEEEEG @Lobo @nudibranch Nope, there's me as well. And I'm sure at least one or two of our less frequent commenters are as well.

*VND*
*VND*

@capnsparrow @PWEEEEG I am bored with being nice. I figure i can go over there and be a total asshole and no one will hold it against me that i care about

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@Disgruntled Goat @PWEEEEG this place was a new site. We went through growing pains. There were trying times. Things have mellowed. It was like the creation of earth. VODF was like a T Rex.