Fate throws wrench into Quade’s plans
By Gordon Wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2011 9:00PM
Chicago Cubs' Aramis Ramirez runs the bases after he hit a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Updated: September 29, 2011 12:41AM
PHILADELPHIA — Cubs manager Mike Quade had his lineup ready for Monday when he got to the ballpark Sunday.
‘‘I was kind of excited,’’ said Quade, who was anticipating the returns of utility man Jeff Baker and outfielder Reed Johnson from the disabled list.
But when he showed bench coach Pat Listach the lineup, Listach shook his head and said, ‘‘I don’t think so.’’
Quade hadn’t been online or heard from the medical staff yet, so he didn’t know Johnson had been hit in the helmet by a pitch during his rehab assignment Saturday at Class AAA Iowa and taken to the hospital.
The good news is that Johnson appears to be OK and is expected to rejoin the Cubs in a day or two, pending an exam today in Chicago and concussion-related tests he must pass.
‘‘We’re cautiously optimistic that everything’s going to be OK,’’ assistant general manager Randy Bush said.
Baker, meanwhile, escaped his rehab assignment for a groin injury intact and should be in the lineup for the series opener tonight against Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf at Wrigley Field.
Outfielder Alfonso Soriano (strained quad) joined Class AAA Iowa for a brief rehab assignment and is poised to return soon.
◆ Third baseman Aramis Ramirez , who opened the 10-game road trip with two home runs this season, doubled that total with two in the last five games, including a two-run shot in the first inning Sunday against Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Oswalt .
◆ Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected from the dugout for yelling at home-plate umpire Alan Porter after Oswalt struck out looking in the bottom of the sixth inning.