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08:14 AM ET 05.27 | Cubs third baseman and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez isn't much for complaining. As much as critics like to bash him for a perceived lack of effort, Ramirez rarely fires back -- and even less often discloses when an injury is feeding the perception. But Ramirez, who played aggressively in April, told the Sun-Times on Thursday that he's been battling a tight left hamstring since early in the last homestand. It's why manager Mike Quade held back bench guy Blake DeWitt on Tuesday night when he used Carlos Zambrano to pinch-hit and why Ramirez got Thursday off on a 42-degree day. "It's harder when you get older. It happens to everybody," Ramirez, 33, said, "especially playing a lot of day games, and it doesn't help when it's cold and raining and 30 degrees every day."

Chicago Sun-Times

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May 27, 2011  09:17 AM ET

What's with all the ???????????? and Mike Quade's pic on a Reds article?

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May 27, 2011  11:24 AM ET

"Especially playing a lot of day games"? Hey Ramirez, it's warmer during day games. Are you implying you don't get to the Wrigley early enough to do your stretching?

May 27, 2011  12:27 PM ET

Besides, the Cubbies have only had 1 day game in their last 11 games . Aramis has only 1 home run for the entire season so it's not like he started having this problem before the last home stand, he's had trouble producing ALL year. Are there any other full time third basemen in the National League that don't have more home runs? I doubt it. Ramirez is notorious for not wanting help from hitting coaches. Supposedly, the Cubbies have one of the best in Rudy Jaamillo. Perhaps, Aramis could put his ego in check and ask for some help.

May 27, 2011  05:35 PM ET

perhaps ramirez should try to get a deal either with the dodgers or the angels about the padres? then what would be his excuse? if the body lacks of strength and physical condition then the body its easy prey of any type of injury's regardless where the player plays!!!

May 27, 2011  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"Especially playing a lot of day games"? Hey Ramirez, it's warmer during day games. Are you implying you don't get to the Wrigley early enough to do your stretching?

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May 27, 2011  05:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Besides, the Cubbies have only had 1 day game in their last 11 games . Aramis has only 1 home run for the entire season so it's not like he started having this problem before the last home stand, he's had trouble producing ALL year. Are there any other full time third basemen in the National League that don't have more home runs? I doubt it. Ramirez is notorious for not wanting help from hitting coaches. Supposedly, the Cubbies have one of the best in Rudy Jaamillo. Perhaps, Aramis could put his ego in check and ask for some help.

Yum,yum,yum,yum,yum,yum,yum,yum!!!!!!

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