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.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”