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Cubs Likely to Be Without Aramis Ramirez for at Least 15 Days

kane simmonsCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs fields against the Houston Astros during the Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

As rookie Randy Wells made his first career start against the Brewers tonight, Aramis Ramirez left the game in excruciating pain in the third inning. Ramirez dove to his right and landed on the third base foul line.

Ryan Braun pulled a rocket ground ball to the hot corner, and Ramirez quickly dove and appeared to have made the play. But before he could get up and throw to first, he was doubled over in pain laying belly down on the ground.

He landed on his outstretched left shoulder, which is his glove arm and appeared to have injured his shoulder. Lou and the Cubs trainer quickly came out of the dugout. Ramirez laid on the field for a minute and was finally helped off the field by the trainer.

The Cubs announced that it is a dislocated shoulder. 

The trainer gingerly helped Ramirez to the dugout, and Miles came off the bench to play second, so that Fontenot could move over to third.

The rookie Randy Wells struggled in his first big league start, but did not give up a run in 5.0 innings of work. Wells was given two runs of support, one off of a Milton Bradley home run.

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The other run came after Wells was lifted and pinched hit for fellow rookie Bobby Scales, who promptly hit a lead-off triple. Soriano hit a deep fly ball to center to drive in Bobby Scales.

(At this moment, 8:45 pm CST, the Cubs are beating the Brewers 2-1, J.J. Hardy home runs off of Guzman in the sixth. I have to start a seven page psychology term paper due Monday)

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