Cubs’ Ramirez Is Out With Ail­ing Wrist

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider -

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

BY JAY LAPRETE — REUTERS

Cubs third base­man Aramis Ramirez, here mak­ing a play on April 2, has ten­dini­tis. He hopes to re­turn in a few days.

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