Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured right...

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured right thumb.

“They’ve painted both pictures, and it’s a pretty big window,” manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. “We’re guessing.”

Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third base Tuesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0.

Ramirez was set to have an MRI after returning to Dodgers camp. Mattingly said a mild sprain would likely leave the All-Star infielder out for a couple of weeks, but a major injury would make it much longer.

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“Until the MRI, we’re guessing,” Mattingly said. “He could be feeling great. We don’t know.”

Ramirez hit .271 with 10 homers and 44 runs batted in in 64 games last season with the Dodgers after being acquired in a trade with Miami.

Luis Cruz will move from third base to shortstop while Ramirez is out.

Also, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw four innings in a minor-league game without any trouble in his tender right elbow.

If there aren’t any setbacks, Greinke would start April 5 at home against Pittsburgh.

Greinke said his “arm felt really good today, really strong.”

Jeter might

miss opener

TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees might be minus Derek Jeter on opening day.

The star shortstop missed his second straight exhibition game because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. General manager Brian Cashman said there was a chance Jeter could begin the season on the disabled list.

“At this stage, I just don’t know, so all I can do is acknowledge it’s a possibility,” Cashman said.

Jeter, 38, received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ankle. The Yankees start the regular season April 1 at home against Boston.

Eduardo Nunez would replace Jeter at shortstop if he’s not ready for the opener.


• Right-hander Bud Norris will start for the host Houston Astros in their season-opening game against the Texas Rangers on March 31.

• San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong and Milwaukee’s Chris Narveson each pitched six impressive innings as the Giants and Brewers played to a scoreless 10-inning tie in Scottsdale, Ariz.

• Los Angeles Angels starter Tommy Hanson was pulled because of tightness in his right triceps as he warmed up for the fourth inning of a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians in Tempe, Ariz.

Bryce Harper had two hits and drove in four runs to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 in Jupiter, Fla.

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