Good news Cubs fans – Aramis Ramirez is not headed for the disabled list. Ramirez came out of last Friday night’s game against the Cardinals with a strained left calf and has not returned to the Cubs lineup. The Cubs were prepared to make a move, but an MRI on Thursday revealed inflammation but no further damage. Pinella had this to say about Ramirez’s status: “He went through a fairly extensive array of stretching and running exercises, and he’s pretty much better than he was in Phoenix two days ago. The feeling is, the next few days we can get him out there to play.”
The Cubs believed he would be ready to play before 15 days on the DL, so they opted not to place him on the DL. And in fact, Ramirez appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning of Friday afternoon’s 8-5 win over the Marlins at Wrigley Field. Ramirez flew out to right field, but it looks like he might be ready for full-time action sooner than expected. This is great news for the Cubs who have been struggling to score runs all season long. Milton Bradley and Derrek Lee have each played in back-to-back games now, and having Ramirez’s bat back in the middle of the lineup can only mean good things for the Cubs offense.