The Chicago Cubs, like most teams, are dealing with a few injury issues at this late Spring stage, but most are expected to abate early in the regular season at the latest. Or sooner, in the case of pitcher Carlos Silva, who left his last start a little early with thigh issues.

The Cubs’ Carlos Silva said Monday his right thigh was “a little bit tight, but not sore” one day after leaving a start after two innings. Silva described the problem as more of a cramp than a muscle strain.

“Everything’s good,” said Silva, who has allowed only one run in his last three starts.

“He’s pitched well,” manager Lou Piniella said when asked if Silva had done enough to make the rotation. Chicago Breaking Sports.

One injured Cub who has – surprisingly – not been discussed much is third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez, who missed most of last year with a dislocated throwing shoulder, is recovering from “sore triceps,” which bumped him from a game 10 days ago. At the time, the injury was described as minor, and the move was considered precautionary.

Now – I’m getting concerned. Ramirez is still not able to throw, though he is able to take batting practice. It’s Spring Training, so Ramirez’s absence is not necessarily worthy of PANIC, but 10 days of recovery from something the Cubs have described as minor is disconcerting, particularly given the Cubs’ less than trustworthy history with respect to injury disclosure.



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