MILWAUKEE _ Yes, including Ryan Freel. The newest Cub arrived today and was put into the starting lineup batting eighth at third base, in place of the injured Aramis Ramriez, who likely is out for about two months.
Freel ended up being a late lineup scratch because of a tight left hamstring. He was replaced by Bobby Scales.
According to Lou and the medical people, Ramirez will be in a sling for about a week as he rests his dislocated left shoulder. Then, he'll spend the next 3-4 weeks doing range of motion and strength work. So we're talking a good month without any baseball activity. At the end of that period, the Cubs will see where Ramirez is before allowing him to do any baseball-related activities. So the best-case scenario looks to be six weeks, with eight weeks or even more probably more realistic.
The Cubs say the MRI done today showed nothing out of the ordinary and that the soft tissue around the shoulder looked good.
Speaking of MRIs, D-Lee will have one Monday in Chicago on his neck to see if doctors can ascertain anything more about the bulging disc and resultant neck spasms.
Freel, by the way, seemed happier than heck to be here. He even got rid of his Baltimore Orioles equipment bag and said he wanted "no birds" even around his locker. The Cubs obtained him Friday for outfielder Joey Gathright. Freel went from the Reds to the O's in the off-season, but he said he knew in spring training it wasn't a good fit and that he's more of a National League player.
More in the paper tomorrow and tonight if needed.