With Ramirez out, Fukudome cleans up

With Ramirez out, Fukudome cleans up

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 05/03/2008 - 14:27
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was wearing a bandage on his left wrist this morning, courtesy of the pitched ball from Adam Wainwright that hit him Friday night. Ramirez will miss today's Fox game and perhaps tomorrow night's ESPN clash with the Cards. Manager Lou Piniella has moved right fielder Kosuke Fukdome from fourth to cleanup in Ramirez's absence. "If Lee gets hurt, he'll be hitting third," Piniella joked with Japanese reporters, referring to first baseman Derrek Lee. As far as Ramirez goes, he's taking ice treatments for the wrist. He said he didn't even try to pick up a bat this morning. Piniella will stay away from Jon Lieber and Chad Fox in the bullpen today. Lieber worked almost 4 innings Friday night and Fox went one-plus, giving up a game-winning homer to Skip Schumaker. The lineup: Soriano, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Fukudome, RF DeRosa, 3B Soto, C Fontenot, 2B Johnson CF Lilly, P
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