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Cubs shift setup man Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa to the major league disabled list

Jul 29, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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The Cubs made a very curious decision to option reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday despite his 0.96 ERA in 28 innings, but now ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports that the option has been voided and Ramirez has been transferred to the 15-day major league disabled list with a sore triceps.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer acknowledged to Rogers on Tuesday that he had “talked to the Major League Baseball Players Association, as resting a player by demoting him to the minor leagues could be viewed as an attempt to save on a major league salary.”

Those are Rogers’ words, not Hoyer’s. Perhaps the MLBPA threatened to file a grievance?

  1. wjarvis - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I don’t know why they didn’t just do this in the first place, it’s not like Ramirez needs to be rushed back for a run at a playoff spot.

  2. charlescub80 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Strange indeed?!?!

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