As expected, reliever Neil Ramirez is going to the disabled list after he was pulled from Wednesday night’s game with shoulder discomfort. The Cubs had an MRI done yesterday, and, although the results aren’t yet known publicly, a DL stint was likely no matter what the MRI showed. Ramirez has had shoulder issues before, and there’s no way the Cubs were going to push him if he felt a twinge of anything even if his MRI looked like the shoulder of a newborn baby. (I doubt a baby could thrown 95mph when healthy, but whatever.)
Carrie Muskat and Patrick Mooney report that Ramirez’s injury is “shoulder inflammation,” which is hopefully all the MRI showed. Sure, that would have Ramirez out for upwards of a month, but it’s miles better than a structural issue that requires surgery. That would cost Ramirez his season, and would raise questions for 2016 and beyond. Relatively speaking, this is good news.
UPDATE: Just to confirm, Theo Epstein said in his pre-game press conference that there were no structural issues with Ramirez’s shoulder, and the inflammation is, indeed, good news.
In Ramirez’s place, the Cubs activated outfielder Chris Denorfia from the disabled list (hamstring), which brings the team back down to a more typical 12 pitchers. Denorfia hurt his hamstring midway through Spring Training, and the Cubs gave him plenty of time to recover. With Matt Szczur on the roster, we’ll see how their roles shake out.
The Cubs also placed Mike Olt on the disabled list today (hairline fracture in his wrist), with Kris Bryant taking his place on the roster. Olt and the Cubs initially believed he’d avoided the worst of that pitch this past weekend, but a second X-ray showed the injury after Olt failed to feel better a few days later. He’ll miss several weeks, and hopefully there are no long-term implications for his wrist. Sure, it’s nice to have Bryant up now and all, but it sucks still not to know what Olt could be just yet.