The Cubs are still dealing with the injury bug here in 2009. Aramis Ramirez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Tuesday to deal with the continued soreness caused by his dislocated shoulder in May. The shot should reduce the inflammation in the shoulder, but won’t take away pain. Ramirez is still trying to determine whether or not he will have off-season surgery to clean up the shoulder – he has dislocated the shoulder 3 times in his career. Ramirez was expected to play in Friday’s day game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field, but a severe head cold that worsened as the week went on caused Manager Lou Pinella to scratch him right before the game. Jake Fox started in his place at 3rd base.
Ted Lilly has been on the DL since July 21st – resting his sore left throwing arm and recovering from knee surgery. Lilly pitched 5 scoreless innings on Wednesday at Class-A Peoria. He gave up only 2 hits and 1 walk and said it was great to get back into a game situation. Lilly is expected to come off the DL on Monday and start against the Padres in San Diego.
Carlos Zambrano is still dealing with a sore back and back spasms. Pinella had this to say about Big Z’s condition: “He had been doing his strength work with our strength guy Tim Buss and we’re going to make sure he’s on a nice program so he gets back out there as soon as possible and he’ll do his work.” Zambrano will likely start at some point next week against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Tom Gorzellany is nursing a sore foot when he was hit by a line drive in Colorado over the weekend. And Reed Johnson is still wearing a boot on his broken foot. Gorzellany is not expected to miss any starts, while Johnson should be back at the start of September.
The Cubs have been dealing with injuries all season long, but at this point, it doesn’t look like it’s really going to matter. The club is slowly falling out of playoff contention…