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By The Associated Press
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right thumb Friday and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop until he's ready to play.

An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb. Ramirez was injured Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Ramirez could start rehab in about three weeks.

Colletti ruled out an immediate trade to address the temporary loss of Ramirez.

“Not as of now,” Colletti said. “If it was all year long, we'd think about it differently. We've got some depth.”

Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz appear to be the leading candidates to be the Opening Day shortstop.

Jeter limited to minor league games for rest of spring

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said shortstop Derek Jeter will play only in minor league games for the rest of spring training.

The move could cut short how much time Jeter would miss if he starts the season on the 15-day disabled list.

By not playing in major league exhibitions, the Yankees want to be able to adjust Jeter's start time on the DL if that's necessary.

“I think we need the ability to preserve to back date him in the event that's he not going make it,” Cashman said.

Jeter missed his third straight exhibition game because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. He expects to resume baseball activities Friday.

“I wouldn't call it a setback,” Jeter said. “We're not talking about my ankle right now. We're talking about normal soreness that comes after you have surgery. So I'm not concerned at all about my ankle.”

Jeter said he hasn't talked with Cashman yet about switching to minor league games as spring training winds down.

The 38-year-old captain received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday.

Wright made captain

The Mets made third baseman David Wright the fourth captain in team history.

Wright joined Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as Mets to be appointed captain. Franco was the last player to hold the honor, in 2004.

The 30-year-old Wright is a six-time All-Star and the team's career hits leader. He signed an eight-year, $138 million contract extension with the Mets in the offseason.

Hudson to start for Braves

Tim Hudson has been picked to start Opening Day for the Braves. It will be the third time Hudson has pitched the opener for Atlanta. He also made three opening-day starts with Oakland.

Hudson will start at home April 1 against Philadelphia. Paul Maholm and Kris Medlen will follow in the three-game series.

Hudson was 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA last year. He has a 105-65 record in eight seasons with the Braves.

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