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.

José Altuve records hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances

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Astros second baseman José Altuve recorded a hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances between Friday and Sunday against the Indians. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record is 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Altuve’s 10 consecutive hits did set a new Astros record, however. The previous club record was eight, set by Altuve last season.

In his third plate appearance on Friday, Altuve grounded out to shortstop. Here were his next 10 trips to the dish:

  1. Two-run double
  2. Double
  3. Infield single
  4. Two-run home run
  5. Single
  6. Triple
  7. Single
  8. Infield single
  9. RBI double
  10. RBI single

This was hit No. 10:

In his final at-bat in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Altuve lined out to center field to end his streak. Teammate Josh Reddick, currently on the disabled list, was impressed with the streak:

After Sunday’s performance, Altuve is hitting .332/.378/.459 with three home runs, 28 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 239 plate appearances this season. His OPS was .760 after Thursday’s game and is now .837.