MLB notes: Ramirez to have thumb surgery
By QMI Agency
|Hanley Ramirez hurt his thumb playing for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic this month. (AFP)
Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament as a result of diving for a ball in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.
The injury will sideline the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder for about eight weeks, the team announced Thursday.
Ramirez batted .271 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 64 games with the Dodgers last season after being acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins.
GIANTS, POSEY DISCUSSING DEAL?
Reigning National League MVP Buster Posey could be on the verge of signing a long-term deal with the San Francisco Giants.
A CBS Sports report suggested that a 10-year contract might not be out of the question, while FOX Sports figures a seven-year, $120 million extension could be attractive to both sides.
The 25-year-old will earn $8 million in 2013 in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
LOHSE PLANS TO SIGN BEFORE JUNE
Free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse won't wait until after the June amateur draft to sign a contract.
"We have too many teams in play," Lohse's agent Scott Boras told the MLB Network.
Teams have been reluctant to surrender a first- or second-round draft pick as compensation for signing Lohse, but that won't apply if he signs after the June amateur draft.
The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles are rumoured to be interested in his services.
The 34-year-old went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 211 innings last season for the St. Louis Cardinals.
REDS RETURN CHAPMAN TO BULLPEN
Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman is heading back to the Cincinnati Red bullpen, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty said no decision has been made on the 25-year-old's role for 2013, although he has struggled with his command while starting spring games.
Chapman saved 38 games as the team's closer last season, posting a sparkling 1.51 ERA while striking out 122 batters in 71 2/3 innings.
SHORTSTOP EDGAR RENTERIA RETIRES
After one year away from baseball, shortstop Edgar Renteria is officially calling it quits after 16 major league seasons.
The 37-year-old made the announcement during a press conference in his native Colombia on Thursday.
Renteria's final season came in 2011, when he batted .251 in 299 at-bats for Cincinnati. He took 2012 off, even though he received offers and interest from several teams.
He batted .286 with 140 home runs and 923 RBIs for the Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and Reds, and was named to five all-star teams.