Results tagged ‘ Neil Ramirez ’

9/17 New Neil Ramirez fans


Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez and new friends he met Wednesday during a visit to the cancer care center at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove. Ramirez met with cancer patients, survivors and staff, and handed out Cubs hats and other goodies.

9/17 Good guy, good cause


Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez visited the cancer care center at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove on Wednesday. Ramirez met with cancer patients, survivors and staff, and handed out Cubs hats and other goodies.

8/10 Roster moves – UPDATED

The Cubs added two arms to the bullpen on Sunday, activating Neil Ramirez from the DL and adding Jacob Turner, who was acquired from the Marlins. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and right-hander Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Ramirez to DL

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to give him some rest, was placed on the Major League disabled list on Tuesday because of right triceps soreness. Ramirez had given up three earned runs over 28 innings in 33 games for a 0.96 ERA, and the Cubs had made clear that Saturday’s demotion to the Minors was not performance related. But Ramirez had some soreness, which prompted the team to switch him to the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday.

“All year, we’ve talked about giving these guys some rest,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “You convert a bunch of starting pitchers to the bullpen, they’ve never done it before, and that was the intention to give him a rest. We’ve tried our hardest to be careful with him, getting him up and down, and pitching back to back days.”

When he was optioned, the plan had been for Ramirez to be sidelined the minimum of 10 days, but now he will get 15 days to rest and was expected to return once his DL stint was over.

“That was probably the right way to handle it, once he was sore,” Hoyer said.

Manager Rick Renteria said the Cubs may try to give other relievers some extended rest but Hoyer said he hopes that isn’t necessary. When rosters expand in September, the Cubs should have reinforcements.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Ramirez gets two-pitch “W”

Neil Ramirez picked up his first career win in the big leagues. He didn’t get a celebratory beer shower. In fact, he was a little embarrassed.

“In that situation, it’s almost like you don’t want to get that win,” Ramirez said. “[Travis Wood] is out there battling for seven innings. If I could, I’d transfer that ‘W’ to him. I never thought my first win would come as a reliever throwing two pitches but that’s the way it shows.”

Ramirez entered with two outs in the seventh inning Thursday to face Anthony Rendon, needed two pitches to get the out, and was the pitcher of record. The Cubs scored the go-ahead runs in their half of the seventh.

“A team ‘W’ is more important than anything,” Ramirez said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/23 Roster moves

The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, and the spring camp roster is now at 36. The roster now consists of 17 pitchers, including non-roster invitee Tsuyoshi Wada; four catchers, eight infielders and seven outfielders.

Jose Veras, Pedro Strop, James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva are set for the bullpen, unless the Cubs decided to use Villanueva as the fifth starter at the beginning of the season. Other relievers still in the mix include Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Alberto Cabrera, who is out of options.

“I don’t know if being out of options is the defining factor of somebody’s thinking,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said about putting together the 25-man roster. “I think their performances dictate that.”

The next roster cuts are expected after Tuesday’s day-night split squad games.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Cubs get Ramirez

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers, and he will be the “player to be named later” to complete the Matt Garza deal. Here’s a scouting report on Ramirez:

Ramirez was the No. 14 prospect on the Rangers’ Top 20 list when he was sent to the Cubs as the player to be named in the Matt Garza deal. The right-hander was initially a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 and developed slowly. He had a huge breakout season in 2011 that saw him pitch at three levels, ending in Triple-A. That momentum didn’t continue in 2012, as he was demoted to Double-A to try and right the ship. He has spent all of 2013 in the Double-A Texas League again and was leading the circuit in strikeouts at the time of the trade. Still only 24, he has an intriguing combination of stuff and command, that if he can rediscover consistency, he has what it takes to be a mid-rotation starter. He can command his fastball well and throws a deceptive changeup. He throws both a slider and curve, with the former the better of the two. Given his up-and-down career, it’s hard to know exactly what Ramirez’s ceiling is. He is still young enough to figure it out and help out a big league rotation in the future.

To refresh your memory, the Cubs sent Garza to the Rangers on July 22 in exchange for right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards, right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm, third baseman Mike Olt and a player to be named later (now Ramirez).

Olt was batting .121 (12-for-99) in 28 games at Triple-A Iowa with two home runs, two doubles and four RBIs. He was batting .213 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock before he was traded. He had vision problems that caused him to miss all of May. Olt batted .288 with 28 home runs and 82 RBIs at Frisco in 2012.

Edwards has a 1.84 ERA in four games with Class A Daytona, striking out 20 over 14 2/3 innings. He was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 18 games with Hickory before he was dealt.

Grimm is 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in six starts with Iowa, striking out 33 and walking 12 over 31 1/3 innings. He was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in one start at Round Rock before the deal.

— Carrie Muskat

8/4 Neil Ramirez update

Matt Garza has made three starts for the Rangers since he was acquired on July 22, but there’s still a player to be named later that the Cubs will receive as part of the trade. Double A Frisco pitcher Neil Ramirez could be that player or the Rangers could sent two other players to Chicago.

“You hear stuff from the Internet, but I’m just trying to get healthy,” Ramirez told “Whatever happens, happens. It’s one of those things you can’t control so there’s no use in worrying about it. Either way, I just got to get healthy, go back out there and compete again.”

Ramirez was placed on the disabled list on July 24, retroactive to July 21, with a right shoulder injury. The 14th best prospect in the club’s farm system, according to, has had shoulder problems before during his six years in the Minors.

“It’s kind of been from throwing and a combination of some other things,” Ramirez said on the injury. “For the sake of not really wanting to get into that, it was just an off the field thing. It wasn’t anything serious. I’m just glad to get back out there now.”

The Rangers supplemental first round pick in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this week and plans to have another session Sunday, throwing around 45-50 pitches. If all goes well, Ramirez thinks he’ll be ready to return.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day, but it’s definitely feeling a lot better,” Ramirez said. “I thought the effort level and intensity was good. I was able to make all my pitches with no problems and felt comfortable.”