Injuries Mounting for Cubs, Pinella Frustrated with Lack of Personnel

Posted on 26 April 2009 by Lou

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The Chicago Cubs are reeling – both on and off the field.  The Cubs have lost 3 straight games and are now at 8-8 on the young 2009 MLB schedule.  After losing Geovany Soto for a week with a sore right shoulder, and Milton Bradley for 2 weeks with a strained groin muscle, it looks like the Cubs could be without Carlos Marmol and Aramis Ramirez for some time with leg injuries.

Carlos Marmol experienced soreness on the inside part of his left knee during Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Cardinals.  Manager Lou Pinella and the Cubs staff took him out of the game after giving up the game-winning hit to Ryan Ludwick.  Marmol will likely miss a few games but does not think he will need a stint on the DL.

Aramis Ramirez felt discomfort in his left leg after he doubled in the 2nd inning.  He played until the 5th inning, but was removed when the discomfort grew worse.  It is unclear whether or not he will go on the DL, but he said that the leg did not feel good after the game.

Pinella is very frustrated with his roster right now.  Milton Bradley is still only available to pinch-hit because he cannot run.  “We’ve got no bench.  We’ve got an extra catcher in Koyie Hill and Micah Hoffpauir and Joey Gathright.  We’re going to have to get somebody in here. ”

Not good news for the Cubs.  The Cubs are already 3 games behind the Cards and could fall further back if the Cards pull off a sweep at home in St. Louis this weekend.  Let’s hope for some healthy legs soon on the North Side.

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