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We cautioned Chicago Cubs fans not to pin their hopes on the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Ramirez was quick to agree before he actually came back from a dislocated shoulder.

After watching him play a few games, it’s pretty clear that he’s still hurting. I’m glad that he’s willing to play through it, but I hope he doesn’t do himself long-term harm. For now, he simply wants us all to know that the power isn’t going to be there.

”I can’t go to the plate and try to hit a home run because that ain’t going to happen,” Ramirez said recently to the Sun-Times. ”If I try to hit it, I won’t hit it. In BP maybe I would, but in the game, if I try to hit it, I won’t hit it. I’ve got to get my pitch and concentrate and do what I’ve got to do to drive the ball.”

It’s not that home runs are impossible for him now, it’s just that he isn’t physically able to try to him homers.

”If I get my pitch and put a good swing on it,” Ramirez continued, ”it’s going to go. But I won’t be looking to hit homers. I’ve got to get back first. I’ve got to get my stroke back and see pitches. I’ve got only 24 at-bats since I came back. I didn’t play for two months, so it takes awhile.”

If this is going to be the case for the rest of the year, one wonders whether Ramirez is best placed in a run-producing spot in the lineup.

But even more frightening than the lack of power is the general hurt. It’s clear when you watch Ramirez swing, and he has now confirmed it.

”I won’t be at full strength this year,” Ramirez says. ”I’d have to take another month or so, month and a half, but that ain’t going to happen. I’m good enough to play, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

”I thought [how I felt] was going to be better,” he says. ”To be honest with you, I thought it was going to be a lot better. I played three games of rehab and felt great. Then I started playing every day, and that’s a lot of swings, a lot of stuff, a lot of games. I’ve just got to battle through it now. It’s good enough to play. I won’t do anything stupid, but if I’m good enough to play, I’m going to play.”

  • DaveB

    If ARam really is hurting this much, than he shouldn’t be playing. Like he said he’d need to take another month or so to be closer to 100%, and the Cubs should have let him do that.
    I’d much rather give him one more month now and then have him stronger for the last 2 months than to have him play hurt now and A.) not be as productive as well as B.) risk further injury.
    Jake Fox just started to come around before ARam came off the DL. You gotta believe that if they gave ARam more time, Fox could have started to carry the load at 3B (he should have had the opportunity from the very beginning when ARam went down)

    • Scarey

      Hey Douchey McDoucherson, that title is very misleading. The only person saying he’s actually hurting is you and that’s based off of your observation of him swinging. Not saying you’re wrong and that he’s not hurting, but you need to be careful about titles like that especially given there’s nobody quoted saying Ramirez is hurting.

      Just wanted to drop by and remind you how much of a douche you are.

      Your friend,
      Scarey

      • Scarey

        The above reply was meant for Ace, not DaveB.

        DOUCHE!

        • Ace

          Ouch, Scarey gettin’ harsh.

          Facts:

          1.) He looks like he’s still hurt.

          2.) He says he’s not at full strength.

          Conclusion:

          He’s still hurting.

  • DaveB

    Well looks like ARam pulled a fast one on us with all the “I cant try to hit a homerun because it aint gona happen”. Hopefully Lou will rest him adequately the rest of the way and his shoulder will get stronger as he plays more (but easy on the wear and tear)

    • Ace

      Absolutely agree. Maybe he’s a BN reader and just wanted to show me up. If Fox can play sufficient third – and isn’t going to get the starts anywhere else – it seems to make sense to rest ARam much more than would otherwise be necessary.

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