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Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez: I’ll be back ‘way sooner’ than mid-May

Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez: I’ll be back ‘way sooner’ than mid-May
Hanley Ramirez says he’ll return to the field for the Dodgers “way sooner” than the mid-May timetable set after his thumb surgery.
(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Tuesday he plans to return “way sooner” than the mid-May timetable set when he had thumb surgery.

“Everybody is going to be shocked,” Ramirez said.

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Ramirez said he felt “awesome” after hitting in the cage and taking ground balls with his right thumb taped.

He tore a ligament in the thumb in the World Baseball Classic championship game on March 20. After surgery two days later, the Dodgers said he would sit out eight weeks.

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That would be May 17.

“Way sooner,” Ramirez said.

In his absence, Dodgers shortstops are batting .167, with one run scored.

Ramirez would not say when he might start a minor league rehabilitation assignment or return to the major league lineup.

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“It’s a surprise,” he said. “I’m going to tweet it.”

So follow @HanleyRamirez.

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