8/29 Ramirez update

Aramis Ramirez is already looking ahead to a busy offseason.

The Cubs third baseman has spent the last two winters stepping up his leg workouts, and the extra sessions have paid off. But now, Ramirez says he’ll have to add more shoulder exercises. He’ll do just about anything to avoid surgery.

“You never know how you’re going to come back [from surgery],” said Ramirez, who missed two months because of a dislocated left shoulder. “It’s more muscle than anything. I work on it every day.”

And this winter in the Dominican?

“I’m going to have to go for my shoulder, too,” he said. “It’s a lot more work now, less time to play with the kids. I’m going to have to put a lot of work in this offseason. I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ve never had surgery, thank God, and hopefully, I’ll finish my career without having it.”

He’s feeling better since having a cortisone shot on his shoulder but admits he will have to put up with pain the rest of this season.

“I won’t be [100 percent] this year,” Ramirez said. “Next year, I will be.”

The team is struggling, too, as it tries to reach the postseason. There’s still a chance, Ramirez said.

“You have to respect the fans, you have to respect your teammates, the front office, the manager, and show up to play every day,” he said. “We’re 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card, so we’re not done yet. You still have to show up and play and give your best.”

– Carrie Muskat

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