Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez may have shot at NL All-Star team
By GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2011 6:42PM
Updated: October 29, 2011 12:35AM
PITTSBURGH — All of a sudden, the injury-plagued Cubs are so healthy they could get an extra All-Star.
‘‘Is that the height of irony?’’ manager Mike Quade said.
With the Philadelphia Phillies’ Placido Polanco questionable with a bulging disc in his back, a spot for a third baseman appears to have opened on the National League roster. The Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez (.302, 15 homers, 50 RBI) has the best numbers by far among remaining NL third basemen. He leads the majors at his position in both batting average and slugging (.503).
If Polanco is unable to play Sunday — and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday it’s ‘‘more than likely’’ he’ll sit — that would put Polanco out for the All-Star Game. NL manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants told reporters Saturday he’ll consider adding the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval if that’s the case. Because Polanco was voted in by the fans, Bochy has discretion in naming a replacement.
‘‘Maybe I’ll call [Bochy]. In fact, I will call Boch,’’ Quade said. ‘‘At least I’ll find out for sure if the rules are this or the rules are that. I’m trying to run all the third basemen through my head for who else deserves consideration. Rami winds up having a pretty good first half, he’s been healthy, and if you’re trying to win a game, who’s hotter than him?’’
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen already is taking the place of the Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones (knee). Rolen had finished second to Jones in players’ voting.