8/13 Cubs injury roundup

Aramis Ramirez should be back in the Cubs lineup Friday for the start of the Pirates series. Ramirez has been sidelined since receiving a cortisone shot in his left shoulder on Tuesday.

* Reed Johnson is no longer wearing a boot on his left foot, but is still limping around. Johnson fractured his foot when he fouled a ball off of it on July 29. It’s been two weeks, and he won’t be back for at least another two weeks. Johnson was hoping to go on the West Coast trip so he could continue his rehab with the team.

* Ted Lilly threw 58 pitches in five scoreless innings at Peoria for the Class A team and is on schedule to start Monday against the Padres in San Diego.

“From a health standpoint, I feel really good and I think it was definitely the right decision for me to go down there and pitch in a real game where there is some adrenaline,” Lilly said Thursday. “It doesn’t matter even if it’s Single-A, when runners get on base and it’s a one-run game, I still don’t want to let those runners score. You tend to ask for a little more and put in a little more effort to making pitches had I been throwing an extra bullpen session.”

* Carlos Zambrano continues to receive treatment for his back spasms. Zambrano, on the DL since Aug. 2, should return during next week’s West Coast trip.

The Cubs have some catching up to do.

“I’ll tell you this, I don’t think just because Carlos and I get back in the rotation, St. Louis is going to lay down and say, ‘Now that they’re back, we’re in trouble,'” Lilly said. “We’re going to have to go out there and win.”

— Carrie Muskat

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