In his 11 seasons prior to the 2009 season, Chicago Cubs’ 3B Aramis Ramirez made just two trips to the disabled list. Now, over the last two years, Ramirez has made two trips to the DL.

Last year, Ramirez missed 58 games because of separated shoulder and now in 2010, he has landed on the DL again. The Cubs placed Ramirez on the 15-day DL yesterday because of a bruised left thumb.


Ramirez has been battling this injury for quite some time now and it clearly hurt his performance. A guy who usually hits around .300 doesn’t hit .168 for no apparent reason. Through 47 games, Ramirez was hitting just .168 with 5 home runs and a .517 OPS.

In order to have any chance of getting back into the playoff race in 2010, the Cubs need Ramirez to be, well, Ramirez. With Ramirez essentially being an automatic out, the Cubs’ lineup is paper thin.

The Cubs have called up Chad Tracy to take Ramirez’s spot on the roster.

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