This little news tidbit brings some warmth to my baseball heart:
"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."
Today is exactly 4 weeks after the Friday, May 8th injury where Cub third baseman Aramis Ramirez dislocated his left shoulder. If anyone didn't previously appreciate what he brings to the team, they certainly do now after watching the Cubs rbi-less and mostly offensive offense during Ramirez' absence.
ARam is on track outlined in the initial rehab schedule that the Cubs told Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan one day after the injury. As per the included Lou Piniella quote, we will soon get a better estimate as to ARam's return to the lineup in this phase of his rehab as he resumes baseball activity.
Aramis Ramirez will be in a sling for one week and spend three weeks in non-baseball activities, namely motion and strengthening exercises on his shoulder.
That suggests his stint on the disabled list will probably closer to eight weeks than 4-6, though the Cubs said it's too early to speculate on how long he'll be out of action.
"You're looking at a while," manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll know more after the first month."
The early consensus extimate was 6-8 weeks for this recovery, then add a few games in the minors on a final rehab assignment. Six weeks is vs. the Indians (May 19th) at Wrigley Field but I doubt they will push his rehab that hard although, if he's feeling good it's not impossible, just unlikely. Eight weeks is vs. the Brewers at Wrigley (July 3rd) and 10 weeks is at Washington after the all-star break, July 16th.
I see a hint of light at the end of what seems like a long tunnel.