The bad news keeps rolling for the Cubs. After winning 6 of their last 7 games, the Cubs felt like they were finally starting to put things together in their 2009 schedule. But just like that, the good news turned to bad news as Aramis Ramirez injured himself diving for Ryan Braun’s groundball in the 3rd inning of Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Ramirez dislocated his shoulder, something he had done when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2000. Ramirez underwent an MRI in Chicago on Saturday and we’ll keep you posted with the results as soon as we hear anything.
Manager Lou Pinella had this to say about the injury: “He’s definitely going to be DL’ed. Period of time, we don’t know. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Every day, it seems to be something different.”
Makes the timing of the Cubs trade for Ryan Freel for Joey Gathright even more important now. GM Jim Hendry made the trade on Friday afternoon before the start of the Cubs-Brewers game. Freel will see immediate playing time with the Ramirez injury, and hopefully he can act as a catalyst for an offense that has sputtered from time to time.
It also makes the trade of Mark DeRosa even more annoying / perplexing. If DeRosa was still on the team, the Ramirez injury would be a big deal, but the Cubs and Cubs fans would feel a lot more comfort knowing that DeRosa would man the hot corner until Ramirez’s turn.