No DL for Ramirez
No DL for Ramirez
Posted by Bruce on Thu, 04/30/2009 - 17:30
Aramis Ramirez underwent an MRI on his left calf today, and it showed some inflammation, according to the Cubs. Just in case, the Cubs had infielder Bobby Scales at the ballpark from Class AAA Iowa, but Ramirez tested the calf on the outfield grass and said he wasn't far away from returning. So he won't go on the DL, and Scales will go back to Iowa.
Lou sounded like something else might have been afoot, but the Cubs said there would be no roster move at all today.
"The feeling is in the next few days we can get him out there to play," Lou said. "Which means, probably, that we'll have to do something else as far as a roster spot is concerned."
That turned out to be nothing, but it was interesting nonetheless. The Cubs are short in the infield, and unless they were going to do something like move outfielder Joey Gathright, they'll stay that way until Ramirez comes back.
I asked Jim Hendry about the team carrying an extra outfielder instead of the infielder.
"If Ramy was healthy and didn't miss any games, the other guys would be getting a day, rest more here or there," Jim said. "Obviously, you want Ramy to be playing that 140-145 (games) mark, and you're playing the other guys at third base only 20 games. If he was going to be out for an extended period of time, then you'd probably be looking at different areas. At the same time, we never assumed that club we're going to break with certainly is never the 25 you're going to (have all year). If there comes a time where we need to go with an infielder and one less outfielder, that may come down the road. The same with 12 pitchers. You'd like to have stretch where if everybody was throwing real well out of the pen, do you need 12 every day, or do you need another player? You have to let it play out for a while."
Look for Hill and Soto to share time at catcher for a while as the Cubs try to get Soto out of his slump. Lou said there were two schools of thought: Let a guy play through it or give a player a mental breather now and then.