Aramis Ramirez sat out yesterday’s series finale against the Rockies because his thumb – which kept him out for a significant stretch earlier this year, and crapped up his performance before that – was bothering him.

Ramirez, who missed 15 games in June because of the injury, said he should be back in the lineup on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. But interim manager Alan Trammell, filling in for Lou Piniella who is attending a funeral, wasn’t sure about that timetable.

“I’ve seen some wincing with some of his swings and misses,” Trammell said before the Cubs lost 8-7. “I guess we’ll have to tell him don’t swing and miss. Going back to when he first hurt the thumb, that seems to aggravate it more than anything else. I’m not going to guarantee he will play [Monday].” ESPN Chicago.

The Cubs aren’t likely to rush Ramirez at this point, so he’ll play again when he’s ready.

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