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Well, it’s not quite Aramis Ramirez, but it will have to do for now.

Ryan Freel is supposed to begin his minor-league rehab tonight for Class AAA Iowa. Freel has been on the DL since May 28 with a left-hamstring strain. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do when Freel is ready. They’ve already sent Bobby Scales down when Aaron Miles returned. Andres Blanco may get sent out when Freel returned, but Scales and Blanco (not to mention Jake Fox) have been much more productive than Miles and Freel, in his short time here. DailyHerald.com Blogs.

I won’t criticize moving Blanco out for Freel, because for whatever reason, I like Ryan Freel on this team. I’ll criticize the hell out of that Aaron Miles deal, though.

Until he gets back on track, that is. And then I’ll say he’s a fine bench player who’s been forced to start, which is throwing everything off. I’m flexible like that.

Point in fact, though, the Cubs still have 13 pitchers. What are the odds they bring back Freel without sending out one of the pitchers?

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