Paul Shuey ruptures tendon

Reliever Paul Shuey will open the season on the disabled list after rupturing a tendon in his right thumb.

Head athletic trainer Stan Johnston said Shuey probably would miss at least six weeks, although the team won't know for sure until the right-hander's injury is evaluated.

"He was avoiding a throw," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He went down and put his hands down, and his thumb went into the ground."

An MRI exam showed that Shuey had a rupture of the extensor pollicis longus tendon.

The 33-year-old pitcher went 6-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 62 appearances for the Dodgers last season. He is one of 16 relievers to have appeared in 40 or more games each of the last eight years.

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