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Of Ramirez's 28 homers, 20 have come on the road. The third baseman also has nine RBIs the past six games.
Ramirez, who hasn't played since August 24 because of a quadriceps strain, won't play again for the Cubs in 2005. The third baseman finishes with 125 games played, a .302 average, 31 home runs and 92 RBI.
Although he has been working out, Ramirez isn't ready to execute a lot of the quick movements required to play third base. The Cubs' slugger hasn't played because of a quadriceps strain since August 24.
There still is no timetable for Ramirez' return to the Cubs. The third baseman, who has been out since late August with a moderate to severe strain of his left quadriceps, has been doing agility drills to test the injury. He has yet to swing a bat.
Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs after suffering a moderate to severe strain of his left quadriceps while running to first base in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The third baseman has been nursing a similar, but less severe, aliment is his right leg this season as well, but had been playing through the injury. In 123 games this season, Ramirez is batting .302 with 31 home runs and 92 RBI.
Further tests on Ramirez' ailing left quadriceps muscle have revealed a moderate to severe strain, and a trip to the 15-day disabled list is a distinct possibility. The third baseman, who suffered the injury while running to first base in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Braves, will be re-evaluated Thursday or Friday before a decision is made. He has been nursing a similar, but less severe, aliment is his right leg this season as well.
Ramirez aggravated his strained left quadriceps while running to first base in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. The third baseman, who has been nursing a similar ailment in his other leg for quite some time, was replaced in the Cubs' lineup by Jose Macias. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
Ramirez plans to remain in the Cubs' starting lineup on a daily basis despite battling a nagging right quadriceps injury. However, if the Cubs fall out of the playoff race, he could see days off a little more often. In 110 games this season, the third baseman is batting .300 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI.
Ramirez notched his second multihomer game of the 2005 campaign, belting a three-run bomb to right-center field in the third inning of Tuesday's victory over the Cincinnati Reds, then adding a two-run shot to center in the ninth. He has homered in four of his last five games, including three straight.
Sidelined since being hit just below his left knee by a pitch on Thursday, Ramirez was back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.
Tests have revealed that Ramirez has a deep bone bruise on his left shin, just below his knee, an injury suffered when he was hit by a Chris Capuano pitch in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs have listed the third baseman, who was 2-for-2 with a run scored prior to his departure, as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated prior to Friday afternoon's matchup with the Washington Nationals to determine his availability.
Going 2-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Ramirez now has hit safely in 10 consecutive games. Over that span, the Cubs' first baseman is 17-for-40 (.425) with four doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI. He's driven in at least one run in his last four contests.
As anticipated, Ramirez returned to the Chicago Cubs' starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the San Diego Padres. The third baseman sprained his right ankle while running the bases in Tuesday's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and was held out on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday's contest to extend his current hitting streak to seven games.
Ramirez sprained his right ankle while running the bases in Tuesday's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and was held out of the Cubs' lineup on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. The third baseman, who was replaced by Enrique Wilson, has heated up recently, stringing together a six-game hitting streak and improving his season batting average by more than 40 points over that span. He has three hits in each of his last three games.
Ramirez appeared to be getting back on track in the Cubs' four-game series against the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, going 7-for-17 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI. In his previous nine contests going into the series, the third baseman had just three hits in 31 at-bats (.097), fanning six times.
Ramirez put together an eight-game hitting streak earlier this month, but has fallen into a deep slump over the last 10 days. In his last nine games, the Cubs' third baseman has just three hits in 31 at-bats (.097) and has fanned six times. With Wednesday's 0-for-4 effort, Ramirez saw his batting average dip to a season-low .226.
Ramirez was absent from the Cubs' lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates, missing his third start in a week, due to a sore lower back. The third baseman played on Tuesday, but slightly aggravated the injury when he made a diving stop late in the contest. He should be available for pinch-hitting duties if needed on Wednesday.
Ramirez had planned to play in Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, but was a last-minute scratch due to some tightness in his lower back. The Cubs' third baseman, who missed last Wednesday's action with the same ailment, was replaced at the hot corner by Jose Macias. He has been listed as day-to-day. For the season, Ramirez is batting .250 with seven home runs and 18 RBI.
The Cubs have a light schedule this week, with off-days on Monday and Thursday. The time off will be welcomed by Ramirez, giving him some time to rest and receive treatment on his back. He should be in the lineup on Tuesday.
After leaving Tuesday night's win over the New York Mets in the seventh inning with back spasms, Ramirez was held out of Wednesday afternoon's contest as a precautionary measure. With an offday on Thursday, the Cubs hope Ramirez will have enough time to rest and be ready for their weekend three-game series with the Washington Nationals.
Jose Macias started at the hot corner on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Officially, Ramirez is listed as day-to-day. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, including seven straight. For the season, Ramirez is batting .258 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 31 contests.
The Cubs' Tuesday matchup with the San Diego Padres was postponed by rain, but if the two teams would have played, Ramirez reportedly would have been held out of the lineup. The third baseman has some tightness in his groin, and manager Dusty Baker did not want to risk Ramirez making the injury any worse by playing on a wet field. Ramirez, who was first bothered by the problem two days ago, said he plans to be available for at least one game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
The move to keep Ramirez out was purely precautionary, as he missed some time late last season with a similar ailment, but worked to strengthen the area during the offseason. Obviously, the Cubs will keep an eye on things over the coming days. Neifi Perez was in line to get the start in Ramirez' stead.
In Monday's Opening Day victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ramirez showed why the Chicago Cubs were willing to give him the four-year, $42 million contract he agreed to earlier in the day. The third baseman pounded the ball, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, four RBI, four runs scored and a walk.
Ramirez will be firmly planted at the hot corner and in the cleanup hole for the Cubs this year and beyond. In 145 games last season, he batted .318 with 36 home runs and 103 RBI -- his best season in the major leagues.
Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $42 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old third baseman wanted to get a new deal executed before the start of the regular season, and he came to terms with the club just prior to their Opening Day matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ramirez, who will get an $8 million salary this season and a $1 million signing bonus, had a career year in 2004, batting .318 with 36 home runs and 103 RBI in 145 games.
Ramirez' new deal has a mutual option for the 2009 campaign worth $11 million. He would have been eligible to become a free agent in November if an agreement would not have been reached.