#Cubs activate Ramirez, Wada to DL

The Cubs placed Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with left deltoid inflammation, and activated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez from the DL. Ramirez has been sidelined since April 16 with right shoulder inflammation.

“I’m back to where I need to be,” said Ramirez, who made three rehab appearances. “I think the biggest thing was seeing how I recover. I’m fine.”

The rehab did take longer than Ramirez anticipated.

“I felt really good initially and then once we started throwing again, it kind of crept back in, so we had to pump the brakes a little and that’s why it took a little longer,” he said, adding that there were some strength issues that needed to be addressed.

“We did it the right way so I’m back to being where I need to be,” he said.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he’ll be careful with the right-hander, who compiled a 1.44 ERA in 50 games last season. Ramirez was expected to be a key piece of the Cubs bullpen this year but was sidelined with the shoulder injury after five April outings.

Wada came out of his last start after two innings with cramping in his left shoulder.

“He’s better, but not where he needs to be,” Maddon said of the lefty. “We’ll give him a little bit more time. We don’t want to run him out there unless he’s feeling 100 percent.”

Donn Roach was promoted from Triple-A Iowa to start Saturday in Wada’s spot, and will stay with the big league club. Roach could be used in relief during the Cubs’ upcoming series against the Mets. With an off day Monday, the Cubs don’t need a fifth starter until next Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

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