Cubs’ Ramirez Is Out With Ailing Wrist
Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez missed his second straight game yesterday with tendinitis in his right wrist.
Ramirez was to receive treatment and is on anti-inflammatory medication. He hopes to return in a couple of days.
Ramirez hurt his wrist in spring training and said it has been sore for six weeks. He had been able to play through it until Friday, when it was swollen and sore. Tests revealed no major damage and he was told he had tendinitis.
Ramirez, who re-signed with the Cubs for five years and $75 million in the offseason, said the wrist doesn’t bother him when he throws, just when he swings. Yet he is batting .406 this season, after hitting .291 with 38 homers and 119 RBI last season.
Ryan Theriot made his second straight start at third base in place of Ramirez in the win over the Reds at Wrigley Field. K DIAMONDBACKS: Manager Bob Melvin will decide after a bullpen session tomorrow whether Randy Johnson is ready to join the rotation or needs one more minor league rehabilitation start.
“Right now it’s literally 50-50,” Melvin said before the Diamondbacks’ game against Colorado last night.
Johnson, who underwent back surgery after last season, threw six innings for Class AAA Tucson against Colorado Springs on Friday night. He allowed two earned runs and eight hits, striking out three and walking one.
The 43-year-old five-time Cy Young award winner threw 85 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Another start in the minors “would get him on track for a normal amount of spring training innings. For a guy coming off back surgery, we’ll see,” Melvin said.
“I am looking for consistency,” Johnson said. K GIANTS-PIRATES, PPD.: The game in Pittsburgh was postponed by rain. It is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader today at 1:35 p.m. K MARLINS-BRAVES, PPD.: The game in Atlanta was rained out. No makeup date was immediately scheduled.
— From News Services
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, here making a play on April 2, has tendinitis. He hopes to return in a few days.