Not only did the Cubs ruin everyone’s Friday night, they went and let Aramis get hurt:
Yes, Piniella was upset about reliever Aaron Heilman blowing a save in the eighth inning, allowing a 2-run homer to Ryan Braun as the Milwaukee Brewers came from behind to beat the Cubs 3-2.
The larger source of Piniella’s frustration was the dislocated left shoulder suffered by star third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs’ best and most productive hitter for several years.
Ramirez suffered the injury diving and backhanding Braun’s grounder in the third inning. Upon hitting the ground, Ramirez threw off his glove and writhed in pain.
A Brewers doctor popped the shoulder back into its joint, and Ramirez had X-rays at the park. Today, he’ll undergo an MRI in Chicago to determine a possible course of action.
The Cubs will place Ramirez on the disabled list, and he’ll likely need 4-6 weeks off.
Any good news? Anything?
t’s easy to take the Cubs’ starting rotation for granted, as it has been amazingly steady the last few years. Entering the weekend, Cubs starting pitchers had worked six-plus innings 22 times, three more than any other team in the majors. The teams with the fewest six-inning starts were the Mets (12), Orioles (12) and Athletics (11).
I’m not sure that’ll cheer anyone up, but thanks, Crazy Uncle Phil. Anything else? Randy Wells didn’t pitch horribly:
So does this: An amped-up Wells put two of the first three batters he faced on base Friday in his first big-league start. He fell behind big slugger Prince Fielder before getting him to ground out, eventually escaping the jam.
In fact, the rookie right-hander pitched out of trouble the first three innings on the way to five scoreless innings in the first of what’s expected to be two starts in place of injured Carlos Zambrano in the rotation.
”I definitely got the first-game jitters out of the way, and hopefully I can build off of this,” said Wells, who got a no-decision when the bullpen blew the save in the 3-2 loss. ”It wasn’t how I drew it up in my mind [Thursday night]. But as far as first starts go in the major leagues, I’ll take it.”