Hanley Ramirez and the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 on Tuesday to claim their first World Baseball Classic title. It was a bittersweet day for the Dodgers, who could only watch as Ramirez jammed his thumb diving for a ground ball in the third inning:
Ramirez, who was playing third base, stayed in the game but later came out and was fitted with a splint. The Dodgers reportedly won’t know the extent of the injury until tomorrow.
Hanley Ramirez will get an MRI on his thumb in Arizona tomorrow, per Moises Alou.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2013
Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena and third-base coach Juan Samuel both said they don’t believe that Ramirez is seriously hurt, but the Dodgers likely won’t feel comfortable until Ramirez’s MRI comes back clean and he’s able to take the field again for them.
The Dominican Republic did not lose in the WBC, going 8-0 and outscoring opponents 36-14. Ramirez batted .200 (4 for 20) in the tournament.
“Tonight we’re going to celebrate, tomorrow we’re going to celebrate and Thursday we’re going to spring training,” said Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who was named MVP.