Cubs Place RHP Neil Ramirez on 15-Day DL

The Cubs announced Tuesday that RHP Neil Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps soreness.

The Cubs optioned Ramirez to Triple-A prior to Saturday’s game to game to give him a breather from pitching in the big leagues. The Cubs technically recalled Ramirez and placed him on the Major League disabled list.

Neil Ramirez’s trip to the DL was backdated to Saturday (July 26).

After the announcement was made that Neil Ramirez had been optioned to Iowa, the Cubs were quick to point out his demotion was not performance related. Rick Renteria said Saturday that Ramirez would not be in Iowa longer than the minimum 10 days required for a player to be in the minors after being optioned.

PrintNeil Ramirez was 1-1 with three saves in 33 games with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. In 28 innings, Ramirez allowed three runs on 16 hits with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts. Ramirez appeared in nine games in July and gave up seven hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Jed Hoyer explained Tuesday that Ramirez had “some soreness” in his right triceps so the team placed him on the disabled list. Hoyer told the beat writers, “All year, we’ve talked about giving these guys some rest. You convert a bunch of starting pitchers to the bullpen, they’ve never done it before, and that was the intention to give him some rest. We’ve tried our hardest to be careful with him, getting him up and down, and pitching back to back days.” Once Ramirez let the Cubs know he was sore, Hoyer said he felt the team was handling it the right way by placing him on the DL.

According to multiple reports, Ramirez is not expected to be on the DL for longer than 15 days. Ramirez will get a slightly longer break than the Cubs initially intended for him to take.

Jed Hoyer admitted all of the relievers “look a little bit tired” and they’ve noticed the pen is not performing lately the way he had earlier in the season. The lack of quality starts from Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood are taking its toll on the young relievers. The Cubs said they will “try to find more rest” for the young group of relievers before the rosters expand on Sept. 1.

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  • jtrain23

    The young relievers are one of the few bright spots on this team. They have to protect these guys. You cannot mortgage the future of guys like Neil Ramirez, etc. in order to counteract the ineptitude of starters such as Jackson and Wood.

    Either give these guys the Tony LaRussa treatment and leave them out there for 5-6 innings sometimes even if they give up 7-8 runs or DFA/trade them and call guys up that can give you some quality starts.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Exactly… not like the Cubs are trying to win or in a pennant race.

      • jtrain23

        Yeah, and it would be a shame to overuse these young guys in their first year to the point that it hurts them later in their career. At least when Dusty Baker wrecked Wood and Prior in ’03 there was something to gain from it.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Wood and Jackson just need to take their lumps and stay on the mound even if they are getting hammered.

  • paulcatanese

    Part of the problem has to be Renteria running out several pitchers almost every game, even for one hitter and then remove him for another. It’s not like they are in the hunt. That and Renteria probably leads the Majors in challenges.

    • jtrain23

      Yeah, and it is easy to look at these guys and say “Sure they have 70 appearances, but they just pitched 30 innings so the workload isn’t there”. That simply isn’t true. The process of warming up for an appearance is as much strain on a short relief pitcher than the appearance itself. Whether he faces 1 or 3 batters makes no difference.