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You may have noticed that the Cubs were without three regulars yesterday. In addition to catcher Geovany Soto and right fielder Milton Bradley, third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out the contest with a sore back.

And he says he’s been battling it for a little while. Super.

“I played like that yesterday,” he said of Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee. “I couldn’t go today, with the kind of weather we’ve got. I’ve been like that for a while, but I was fine. Yesterday, (it) was real sore. I had that the whole spring training. It wasn’t bad. It was there.” Daily Herald.

Back problems – as we learned with Kerry Wood, and I can attest to personally – don’t just “go away.”Fortunately, for now, the injury doesn’t seem serious.

Hopefully when the weather turns, it’ll be much easier for Ramirez to play through it. But even though he’s expected back in the lineup on Wednesday, you can now bank him missing a handful of games this year with back issues.

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