Aramis Ramirez returns from disabled list as a question mark

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Placed on the disabled list earlier this month after struggling with a thumb injury all season, Aramirez Ramirez rejoined the Cubs today after taking two weeks off and going 1-for-6 with two walks at Single-A during a very brief rehab assignment.
Prior to going on the shelf Ramirez hit just .168 in 47 games, so it seemingly would have made sense for the Cubs to give him more than two games in the minors to make sure he’s up to speed. Instead he’s back in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the White Sox, playing third base and batting fifth against Jake Peavy.
To make room for Ramirez on the roster the Cubs got rid of the same guy they called up to fill his spot, designating Chad Tracy for assignment. Tracy started at third base for six of the 16 games Ramirez missed, but has hit just .250 with a .327 on-base percentage and .295 slugging percentage in 49 plate appearances.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.