7/18 Extra bases – UPDATED
Aramis Ramirez doesn’t plan on leaving the Cubs this year. He repeated on Monday that he would invoke his 10-and-5 rights and void any deal presented to him. Ramirez has 10 years in the big leagues, and five with the Cubs. Fox Sports reported the Angels were inquiring about Ramirez prior to the July 31 trading deadline.
“I’m at the same point I was at two weeks ago, three weeks ago,” Ramirez said. “Right now, I’m not interested in any trade.”
The father of two young sons, Ramirez said he didn’t want to relocate because of his family.
“It is my family consideration,” he said. “If I was single and by myself, then I’d move anywhere and be in a hotel for the last two months. It’s too tough with my family. I earned the right to be in this position and it’s my decision.”
* In his last 22 games since June 24, Ramirez has batted .373 with five doubles, 11 homers, 23 RBIs and 22 runs scored. On Saturday, he hit a three-run homer, giving him 229 for his career with the Cubs. He’s two shy of tying Gabby Hartnett for sixth on the team’s all-time list.
* Carlos Marmol may be back in action Monday. Mike Quade said Marmol, who was given two days off to try and fix his mechanics, might be available. It all depends on whether pitching coach Mark Riggins and bullpen coach Lester Strode feel the right-hander is ready. Would Marmol be used in a save situation?
“It would depend on the situation and I’m not sure I’ve settled on that yet,” Quade said. “I would like him to get the most out of his down time and he has so far. If they feel good about it, we’ll be good to go.”
* Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood rank second and third on the Cubs’ all-time strikeout list. Big Z has 1,522 strikeouts, second most behind Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, who fanned 2,038. Wood is third with 1,436 Ks, recently passing Charlie Root (1,432).
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– Carrie Muskat