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Walking wounded: wild ride continues

Walking wounded: wild ride continues
MILWAUKEE ? The Cubs ? injury journey took three different twists and turns Saturday. Buckle up:

* Third baseman Aramis Ramirez underwent an MRI on his dislocated left shoulder, and although the Cubs say they won?t guess on any timetables, it appears Ramirez will be out close to two months.

* First baseman Derrek Lee will have an MRI Monday on his neck, where a bulging disc is causing Lee to have spasms. Saturday marked Lee?s fourth straight missed start.

* Ryan Freel, whom the Cubs obtained Friday in a trade with Baltimore, was a late lineup scratch at third base because of a tight left hamstring.

Ramirez is the Cubs ? biggest injury worry. Manager Lou Piniella said Ramirez will wear a sling for a week (although he felt good enough Saturday to discard it for a while) and then spend the next three weeks doing range-of-motion and strength exercises before taking part in Baseball activities.

The medical staff stresses that they must deal first with pain and motion issues first before getting to strengthening the area.

"Remember what I said, now," Piniella said. "Three weeks of non-related Baseball activity. Non-related. You?re looking at awhile. We?ll know after the first month where this thing is."

With Lee, he first began having neck problems two years ago. The Cubs want to get an MRI done so they can see some comparisons.

Freel arrived and was put into the eighth spot into the lineup and at third base. But he was replaced by Bobby Scales after feeling tightness in the hamstring.

Land of the Freel: Ryan Freel was only too happy to be out of Baltimore and with the Cubs . The first thing he did was get rid of his Orioles equipment bag by having one of the clubhouse guys get it completely out of his sight.

"I?m just overwhelmed with joy right now," Freel said. "I just can?t explain how I feel. There?s no regrets. I?m not disappointed with everything that?s happened to me over in Baltimore, only because I?m over here in a good situation, and I?ll get an opportunity."

Freel was traded from the Reds to the Orioles at the winter meetings, but he said he felt it wasn?t a good fit as far back as spring training. He said he feels he?s a National Leaguer after having spent six years with the Reds.

He was on Baltimore?s disabled list after being hit behind the right ear with a pickoff throw April 20, but he said he probably didn?t need to be on the DL.

Making an impression: Lou Piniella said he liked what he saw from Randy Wells in Wells? 5-inning start Friday. Wells allowed no runs, and Piniella said Wells may fit in with the Cubs , either as a starter or as help in the bullpen once injured ace Carlos Zambrano comes off the DL.

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Added: May 12, 2009

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