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Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves game

Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:43 pm
By Matt Snyder

Aramis Ramirez was struck in the face with a batted ball and was immediately forced to leave the Cubs game against the Astros Wednesday afternoon.

The play came in the top of the seventh inning. Chris Johnson hit a hot shot down the third-base line and Ramirez attempted to make a diving stop. On the last hop before it reached Ramirez, the ball skipped back a bit and ended up hitting Ramirez in the face. It appeared to be in the mouth and nose area. Ramirez laid on the ground for a bit before popping up with the help of trainer Mark O'Neal. He walked off the field under his own power with a towel over his mouth. He suffered a lip laceration, will need stitches and his status is day to day, reports on Twitter.

The incident comes less than two weeks after the Cubs lost center fielder Marlon Byrd to several facial fractures after he was hit in the face with a pitch. Fortunately, the Ramirez injury is far less serious.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:38 am

Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves game

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:34 am

Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves game

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:23 am

Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves game

I totaly agree with what you say about the hitting and pitching, but how can you blame the manager for injuries, and as far as getting has been players, that falls on the front office not Quade, he can only send out what is given to him, even though they are in a slump, remember he is playing with rookies and has beens, the rookies will get better and the has beens, hopefully will go back to where ever they were, as far as sandberg goes he would have this problem also and you would be saying we should have hired quade.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:42 pm

Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves game

This ball club is disfunctional.  During an occasional rare time when they do get decent defense and pitching, they can't hit.  When they do hit, the pitching and/or defense is terrible.  They are playing like a last place club, and are close to being there, and deserve to be there.  They are last in pitching in the NL, and nearly last in defense.  They are  probably also close to the bottom when hitting with runners in scoring position.  Their fastest runner on the team, Campana, has 5 stolen bases, and has only been up from the minor leagues about 7-10 days.  Fukudome, the leadoff hitter, Barney, and Castro combined, barely have more than the Campana has.  Most any team has to play with injuries, and if this is their excuse, then maybe it says something about the Cub's depth, compared to other teams.  It's pretty hard to win, when you keep adding 'has been' players like Doug Davis, and others to the team.  You get what you pay for.  About the only bright spots for this team so far, are a few of the rookies on the team.  I'm not sure why, when you bring up a rookie like Campana, who has a small strike zone due to his small size, and has a number of ways of getting on base, and is the leading base stealer on the team, you bat him 7th, instead of leading him off?  I wonder how the team would be doing if Ryne Sandberg was the manager?  The pitching staff was also much better last year with Larry Rothschild.  So, I question the track record so far, of this new pitching coach.  Also, if Ryno was the manager, who would his pitching coach have been?  Maybe it's time for Hendry to swallow his pride and try to re-hire Ryno back as manager???

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:40 pm

Ramirez takes ball to face, leaves games

Alright, what cubs fan pissed off the baseball gods? The losing bothers me, but losing PLAYERS bothers me more, we just can't stay healthy! sheesh!Yell

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