Aramis Ramirez had his first rehab outing yesterday, and he looked great. But far more importantly, he felt great.

Ramirez looked fairly similar Friday to the way he did May 8 — the day he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and a double off the top of the wall in his first at-bat playing for the Class A Peoria Chiefs on Day 1 of his long-awaited rehabilitation assignment.

Afterward, Ramirez pronounced himself fit to return to the Cubs’ lineup Monday. After playing in front of 14,872 fans — a record for a Midwest League ballpark — Ramirez will play two more games for the Chiefs before returning to Chicago.


”I’m very pleased with the way I feel,” Ramirez said after starting at third base — getting no chances — and playing five innings. ”I can’t expect any better.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Reed Johnson also had a successful game, and should still be on tap to return on Monday.

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