4/25 Quick hits
The Cubs won’t use the injuries to Aramis Ramirez, Milton Bradley or Carlos Marmol as excuses. “It doesn’t help when you lose two-thirds of your middle [of the lineup],” Lou Piniella said about the absence of Ramirez and Bradley. “That’s why it’s called a team and that’s why you have a bench. You’ve got to tough it up and get the job done. Every team has injuries. You can’t make excuses for injuries — they’re part of the equation.”
* Pitcher Marco Mateo was promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. Lefty Jayson Ruhlman was promoted from Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.
* Alfonso Soriano is hoping he isn’t called on to play second base. He doesn’t have an infielder’s glove. Kosuke Fukudome played shortstop for two seasons in Japan but he wasn’t lobbying to switch from outfield to infield any time soon.
* Correction: The Cubs were not the only Major League team to open the season with no one on the disabled list. The Reds also were injury free.
* The Cardinals are batting .322 with runners in scoring position; the Cubs are hitting .222. Chicago also ranks 11th in batting average. “We’re not going to finish in the bottom tier hitting-wise, or we shouldn’t,” Piniella said. “I don’t think we will. That means we have some catching up to do, hitting-wise.”
– Carrie Muskat