Hanley Ramirez could be paid by World Baseball Classic while on DL, per reports

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Because the Dodgers shortstop was injured during World Baseball Classic play and will miss over 30 days, the club will get relief in the form of the WBC paying Ramirez his salary while on the disabled list, roughly $4 million worth.

The Dodgers will be without Hanley Ramirez for roughly eight weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. But thanks to a new provision this year, the World Baseball Classic - not the Dodgers - could be on the hook for the nearly $4 million Ramirez is set to earn while on the shelf, per reports by Buster Olney of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Ramirez injured his thumb diving for a ball on Tuesday in the WBC final in San Francisco. An MRI revealed a torn ligament, and he had surgery in Los Angeles Friday to repair the tear. Olney sent this tweet on Sunday night:

Ramirez is due $15.5 million in 2013, and missing exactly eight weeks after surgery gives him a return date of May 16. Since the 183-day championship season begins on March 31, Ramirez would be on the disabled list in this scenario for 46 days. That means the WBC would be responsible for approximately $3,896,175 of Ramirez's salary.

Rosenthal explains the provision.

Rosenthal noted that the provision is different from the 2006 and 2009 Classics, and that it further protects teams from taking on the risk of sending their players to the WBC.

So while losing Ramirez obviously isn't ideal for the Dodgers, and I'm sure they would gladly pay $4 million or more to have him fully healthy right now, they do get some form of compensation for losing their shortstop and number five hitter.

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