Infielders Jeff Baker and Chad Tracy are in danger of being lost to the Cubs when Aramis Ramirez is activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Both players are out of minor-league options, manager Lou Piniella said he's keeping the pitching staff at 12, and the club has said previously that rookie shortstop Starlin Castro was staying with the big-league club. That leaves either 29-year-old Baker (.250/.299/.417) or 30-year-old Tracy (.250/.327/.295) as odd man out to make room for Ramirez.
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: Tracy was designated for assignment before Friday's game. The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release or assign him to a minor league team (which would require him clearing irrevocable waivers).
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