Thumb injury will cost Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez 2 to 10 weeks; Opening Day in jeopardy.

The L.A. Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez, playing for the Dominican Republic, looks on during a World Baseball Classic second round game against Puerto Rico on March 16, 2013 in Miami. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The thumb injury Hanley Ramirez sustained in the World Baseball Classic championship game Tuesday night will cost the Dodgers shortstop anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks.

With Opening Day 12 days away, that makes Ramirez doubtful for the Dodgers’ season-opening series against the San Francisco Giants — if not longer.

Ramirez was scheduled to arrive in Phoenix later today to undergo an MRI exam. The Dodgers will learn the full extent of his injury then.

Luis Cruz was scheduled to start at shortstop in the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday and could be a longer-term option to replace Ramirez if the team chooses to move him from third base.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.