Best news I’ve heard in awhile. I hope Aramis is well and hustles on infield grounders and provides much needed support for Lee.
from our friend Carrie Muskat – –

The Cubs third baseman battled a variety of leg injuries, from a sore groin to a sprained ankle to a strained quad. He missed the last month of the season, and has spent the winter following a strength and conditioning program.

Cubs athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and Tim Buss, the strength and conditioning coordinator, both visited the Dominican Republic this winter to get a first-hand look at Ramirez’s condition. All reports have been good. Ramirez is strong and running well, and either O’Neal or Buss talk to his trainer every other week for updates. A healthy Ramirez should hit 30-plus homers, drive in 100 runs and take some of the pressure off Lee this year.

“Think about it — not only is he a power hitter, but he doesn’t strike out much,” former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo said of Ramirez. “When he goes to the plate, in my mind, that pitcher is in trouble and that’s the way he is. There’s no doubt in my mind that this guy is going to put up big numbers if he stays healthy.”

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