Injured at the 2009 WBC, Alfredo Amezaga can relate to Dodgers teammate Hanley Ramirez.

Alfredo AmezagaThis spring marks the second go-around for Alfredo Amezaga in the Dodgers organization. You’re forgiven for not remembering the first.

Amezaga signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in Feb. 2010, less than a year removed from major knee surgery. He didn’t play in spring training. He didn’t play in the regular season either, save for one game at Double-A Chattanooga. Amezaga spent nearly the entire season on the disabled list and became a free agent in October.

On the day the Dodgers learned that Hanley Ramirez would miss the next eight weeks with a thumb injury, it’s worth noting where Amezaga suffered the injury that caused him to miss all but 31 games in a two-year span: The 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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Dodgers lose Hanley Ramirez for eight weeks with thumb injury.

Hanley Ramirez

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb Friday in Los Angeles, the team announced. He is expected to miss eight weeks, which projects to May 17, the Dodgers’ 39th game of the season.

“It’s bad,” he said. “But it’s something that I can’t control. It could have happened anywhere. It could have happened here. Unfortunately it happened at the WBC. It’s very disappointing.”

Dr. Steve Shin, a sports medicine hand specialist at Kerlan Jobe, will perform the surgery. Ramirez will have his thumb immobilized for 3 weeks.

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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.

Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez hurt as Dominican Republic beats Puerto Rico for World Baseball Classic title.

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.

According to’s Danny Knobler,

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.

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Hanley Ramirez leads Dominican Republic into WBC final; Kenley Jansen, Netherlands out.

Hanley Ramirez said before the World Baseball Classic that he would play each game as if it was his last. Turns out he really didn’t want the WBC to end.

The Dodgers shortstop, serving as the designated hitter for his native Dominican Republic, went 1 for 3 in a 4-1 win over the Netherlands in a WBC semifinal game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday.

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Dodgers sign four to minor-league deals.

The Dodgers have signed four players to minor-league deals: Curacao native Dashenko Ricardo, who is playing for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, and three amateurs from the Dominican Republic.

Ricardo might be catching Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen, and playing against Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, when the Netherlands plays the Dominican Republic tomorrow night in a WBC semifinal game in San Francisco.

Ricardo is hitting just .211 in the tournament, 4 for 19 with a pair of RBIs. For what it’s worth, Kenley Jansen was hitting .077 as the Netherlands’ catcher in the 2009 tournament. The Dodgers turned him into a pitcher and Jansen became the team’s closer three years later.

Dodgers utilityman Nick Punto reflects on Team Italy’s run at the World Baseball Classic.

Nick Punto

If you were particularly invested in Italy’s fortune at the World Baseball Classic, you’d think Nick Punto was worthy of a hero’s welcome upon his return to Dodgers camp Friday.

Instead, as he usually does, the Dodgers’ utilityman quietly went back to work at Camelback Ranch.

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Daily Distractions: Dr. Frank Jobe recognized in Cooperstown; Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier help Cleveland.

Thomas Tull

“42″ producer Thomas Tull, right, with Cal Ripken. (

The National Baseball Hall of Fame won’t induct any new members this year, but its annual Awards Presentation will have a Dodgers theme.

On July 27 in Cooperstown, the Museum will pay tribute to Legendary Pictures founder and CEO Thomas Tull and his soon-to-be-released film “42”, which documents and pays homage to Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson. The film will be released nationwide on Friday, April 12, just in advance of baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day on April 15.

The Museum will also recognize former Dodgers team physician Frank Jobe for the development of Tommy John surgery, a now-common elbow ligament replacement procedure. John, the former Dodgers pitcher who won 288 games in his 26-year major league career, will join Dr. Jobe for the special recognition.

I attended a special screening of “42″ last week and it seemed to be well-received by both the media and the Dodgers players and execs in attendance. I’m guessing it won’t be seen as a flop three months after its release.

Some bullet points for a Friday morning:

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Dodgers at the WBC update: Hanley Ramirez goes yard, Kenley Jansen goes to San Francisco.

Hanley Ramirez delivered the first of three runs for the Dominican Republic in its 3-1 win over the United States on Thursday, a home run in the second inning off R.A. Dickey that traveled 451 feet and was the fourth-longest ball ever hit at Marlins Park.

It was the only run allowed by Dickey in five innings, and Dominican starter Samuel Deduno was just as stifling in his four innings. The game was tied 1-1 in the ninth inning when Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Erick Aybar and Jose Reyes.

Ramirez served as the DH in the game. Reyes played shortstop.

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Reports: Kenley Jansen likely to play in WBC

Kenley JansenDodgers reliever Kenley Jansen told reporters Thursday he’s “95 percent sure” that he will join The Netherlands in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic. Jansen is a native of the Central American island of Curacao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands will play the winner of Pool 2 — either the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic — on March 18 in San Francisco. Jansen will reportedly remain with the Dodgers until Sunday.

Jansen represented The Netherlands in the 2009 WBC, when he was still a catcher. He went 1 for 13 in six WBC games.