Adding injury to the insult of blowing a lead en route to losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs are placing third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the disabled list with soreness in his right thumb.
Ramirez has been bothered by the injury for the past two weeks. He is suffering through the worst season of his career, hitting .168 with five home runs and and 22 RBIs in 179 at-bats.
Ramirez missed 80 games in 2009 and was out two months with a left shoulder separation.
Ramirez is striking out at a record pace for him with 45 strikeouts in 47 games. His .285 slugging percentage is the lowest on the team.
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Casey McGehee’s dribbler up the middle off Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning gave the Brewers a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over the Cubs in the opener of a three-game series.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the ninth, McGehee fell behind 1-2 before working the count full and taking an outside pitch back through the mound to score Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder with the tying and go-ahead runs.
It was the third blown save of the season for Marmol (1-1), whose efforts spoiled Ted Lilly’s eight innings of one-run ball.
Corey Hart had a solo homer for the Brewers, winners of two straight following a three-game slide.
Gallardo opened the 2010 campaign 0-2 with a 5.50 earned run average in his first three starts, but has rebounded profoundly to the tune of a 6-0 record and 1.74 ERA over his last nine outings. Gallardo has pitched no less than five innings in each of his 12 starts this season and defeated Florida the last time out on Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.
The right-hander held the Marlins to a pair of runs -- one earned -- on four hits and four walks with four K's in seven innings of a 7-4 triumph. Gallardo, who is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA this season, recorded his first career shutout the previous time out versus the New York Mets on May 28. He is 1-1 in four career starts against the Cubs.
Cubs starter Ted Lilly has been the opposite of Gallardo lately, going 0-5 with a 4.08 earned run average in seven starts since delivering six shutout innings for the win in his 2010 debut at Milwaukee on April 24.
Lilly last pitched in Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh, and was reached for three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. The lefty is 4-2 in nine career games (8 starts) against the Brewers.
Chicago is coming off Monday afternoon's 6-1 victory at Pittsburgh in a makeup game of last week's rainout. Carlos Silva improved to 8-0 this season with seven innings of one-run ball and also struck out five batters, becoming the first Cubs starter to begin a season 8-0 since Ken Holtzman started the 1967 campaign with a 9-0 ledger.
"He's been our best pitcher, let's be perfectly clear about that," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. "He's stopped some losing streaks. He's been perfect for us; 8-0, I mean, he's won a third of our games."
Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, while Ryan Theriot added two hits and scored four times for Chicago, which won for the second time in seven tries and sit 6 1/2 games off the lead in the Central standings.
Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak and salvaged the finale of a three- game series with Sunday's 4-3 win in 10 innings at Busch Stadium. Prince Fielder scored on Corey Hart's sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and Rickie Weeks homered for the Brewers, who are just 2-6 in their last eight contests.
"Rickie is hopefully coming around," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He's had a little bit of a lull in the action. He had a great April, but May wasn't so kind to him. He's starting to swing the bat a little better."
The Brewers will also host Texas on their six-game homestand and hope to end a three-game slide against the Cubs. Chicago leads the 2010 series by a 5-1 count and swept Milwaukee in three games at Miller Park from April 23-25. The Cubs have won 15 of the past 22 matchups between the teams.