Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Ramirez now says he'll play third in WBC
By Mark Saxon
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Before he departed to join his World Baseball Classic team in Florida, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said he would talk to the Dominican team's general manager about confining his play to shortstop and designated hitter.
But Ramirez told reporters covering the Dominican team Tuesday he is open to playing wherever manager Tony Pena wants to use him.
“I’ll play third, designated hitter, shortstop,” Ramirez said in Spanish. “The important thing is to be in the lineup and to produce so we reach the finals.”
Ramirez went 4-for-6 with a home run in the Dominican’s exhibition game with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The Dominican team begins WBC play Thursday night against Venezuela.
The Dodgers were hoping Ramirez would confine his activities to shortstop since he is trying to get reacquainted with the position after five months of playing third base last year. Ramirez was supposed to play shortstop in winter ball, but instead was at DH after a minor shoulder injury.