Carlos Marmol apparently strained a muscle on the inside of his left knee when he tried to field Albert Pujols’ line drive single in the eighth inning, and Aramis Ramirez strained his left calf when he hit a double in the second. Both will be re-examined on Saturday, and the Cubs will have a better idea as to how much time they could miss. Marmol scoffed at the idea of going on the DL; Ramirez said his leg was sore.
“It was a game of missed opportunities,” Lou Piniella said of the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, “but more important than that it was a game where we lost two big components.”
The team already is playing one man short with Milton Bradley hampered by a sore groin. He can pinch-hit, but can’t run. If Ramirez is sidelined, that leaves Piniella with Derrek Lee, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles and Ryan Theriot for the infield and that’s it.
“We’ve got no bench,” Piniella said. “We’re going to have to get somebody in here.”
Check in Saturday.
— Carrie Muskat