has been placed on the DL, and Ronny Cedeno has been recalled to take his spot on the roster.
Of course, with the Cubs a mere 7 1/2 games out of the wildcard with five whole weeks of the season left, we can't expect Cedeno to actually play! This also explains why a third baseman (like, I don't know, Mike Fontenot, who's sporting a .374 OBP in Iowa) wasn't called up to replace A-Ram; we're going to need the veteran presence of Neifi Perez
and Jose Macias
at third in order to jump past Philadelphia, Florida, Houston, New York, Washington, and Milwaukee and make the post-season.
Ramirez will be replaced, at least for today, by Nomar Garciaparra
, making his first-ever appearance at third base. Iiiinteresting. Is it a one-off thing, or is it a way for Nomar to make himself a little more desireable on the free-agent market?
Once the game starts, he will become the 103rd player to man third base for the Cubs
since the Ron Santo trade.