6/1 Ramirez out with cut lip
Aramis Ramirez suffered a lip laceration when he was hit in the face by a ball as he dove to try and catch it Wednesday. The Astros had a runner at first and on out in the seventh when Chris Johnson lined the ball down the third base line. It appeared to strike Ramirez flush in the face as he dove to his right. He stayed down on the ground until assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur came out with a towel to cover the third baseman’s face and help Ramirez off the field. The ball cut Ramirez’s lip and he’ll need stitches, a team official said.
The last thing the Cubs need is another injury. They already have six players who were on the Opening Day roster on the disabled list, including Marlon Byrd (facial fractures), Jeff Baker (groin), Andrew Cashner (shoulder), Matt Garza (elbow), Reed Johnson (back) and Alfonso Soriano (quad).
— Carrie Muskat