Bottom's Up For Ailing A-Ram

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Aramis Ramirez was not in the Cubs' starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday and the Tribune's Paul Sullivan speculates that Ramirez will soon be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured left thumb.

Ramirez has been bothered by the thumb for much of the season and has tried to play through the pain, but he has not done his team any favors by doing so.

Of players who qualify for the batting title (based on 3.1 at-bats per team's game), Ramirez is hitting a major league worst .168.

Here's a look at the Bottom 10:

1. Aramis Ramirez/Cubs/.168
2. Carlos Pena/Rays/.175
3. Nate McLouth/Braves/.175
4. Aaron Hill/Blue Jays/.186
5. Casey Kotchman/Mariners/.194
6. Gordon Beckham/White Sox/.203
7. Cliff Pennington/Athletics/.207
8. Carlos Quentin/White Sox/.209
9. Adam Lind/Blue Jays/.210
10. Mark Teixeira/Yankees/.211

Meanwhile, Mike Fontenot started at third for the Cubs on Tuesday.

If A-Ram goes on the DL, Chad Tracy will likely be recalled from Iowa to occupy the roster spot. Tracy hit .273 in 24 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent down to Triple-A Iowa on May 7 to make room on the roster for Starlin Castro. Tracy is hitting .396 with Iowa.

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