The Cubs are carrying an extra outfielder, not an infielder. Have they considered switching that, considering the injuries?
“If [Aramis Ramirez] was healthy and didn’t miss any games, guys would be getting a day rest more here or there,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “Obviously, you want ‘Ramy’ playing at the 140, 145 [game] mark. Obviously, it’s imperative he’s healthy. We never assumed the club we’re going to break with is the 25 you’re going to go with [at the end].
“If there comes a time when we need to go with an infielder and one less outfielder, that may come down the road. Who knows?” Hendry said. “The same thing with 12 pitchers. You’d like to have a stretch where everybody is throwing well down in the pen. You have to let it play out. When we left camp, we knew we wanted to do it this way and if this way doesn’t work, you adjust on the fly.”
— Carrie Muskat