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Cubs: Another frustrating development for Neil Ramirez

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Cubs: Another frustrating development for Neil Ramirez

This isn’t the next-level season Neil Ramirez envisioned out of the Cubs bullpen after such a dominating rookie year.

Ramirez went back on the disabled list on Wednesday with what the Cubs described as left abdominal soreness. The hard-throwing reliever had already missed more than two months while dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

“I don’t know,” Ramirez said more than once. “With everything I do to stay healthy and strong, it’s kind of baffling to me that it would be an oblique (issue). We’ll have to see.”

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The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves before a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field, adding Ben Rowen and Yoervis Medina to the bullpen, sending right-hander Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and designating utility guy Mike Baxter for assignment.

Ramirez — who has been handled with care — insisted his arm is essentially back to full strength. But he felt something again while warming up during Tuesday’s game.

“Honestly, I was sitting in my house the other night and I sneezed,” Ramirez said. “It was kind of one of those violent sneezes that you’re not ready for and that’s when I first felt like that sharpness.”

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The Cubs have been actively looking for bullpen help, missing the presence Ramirez brought to late-game situations last season, putting up a 1.44 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43-plus innings.

“It’s been a tough year — I’m not going to lie and say it hasn’t,” Ramirez said. “I try to do the right things to stay healthy and it’s just kind of one of those things like: Why is this going on?

“I’m not going to say it’s the end of the world, but hopefully it’s just something quick (and) I’ll be back out there soon.”

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.