6/28 Quick hits
The Cubs were a little short-handed Sunday. Lefty Sean Marshall wasn’t available after pitching in four straight games, and infielder Aaron Miles is still bothered by a sore right elbow. Miles hyperextended his elbow last Wednesday, and hasn’t played since.
* Aramis Ramirez did take batting practice for the third day, and is moving closer to a rehab assignment. There is soreness after his BP sessions, but he says that’s normal. He hasn’t hit since he injured the shoulder May 8.
* Piniella was asked if he was frustrated by the Cubs this year.
“How many below .500 seasons have the Cubs had in their franchise history?” he said. “We’re one game under .500, and we’re having all kinds of problems here. It’s not where you’re at in June, it’s where you finish. The injuries, they’ve taken away from what this club can do. You know they’re part of the game, too. I’m not frustrated. I enjoy winning but, look, we still have a lot of baseball to be played. We have 90-something games to play and a lot can happen in 90-something games. Let’s stay positive. I’ve seen some nice signs the past couple days.”
— Carrie Muskat