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Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

Through with rehab stint, righty slated to join club for Sunday's series finale

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs' bullpen will get some reinforcement for Sunday night's series finale against the Cardinals when right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez joins the club.

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Ramirez has been on the disabled list since April 16 because of right shoulder inflammation. He made three rehab appearances -- two for Double-A Tennessee and a one-inning outing for Triple-A Iowa. In the three games, he gave up one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four.

Last season, Ramirez, 26, appeared in 50 games for the Cubs and posted a 1.44 ERA. He was expected to be a key piece of the bullpen this season but was sidelined with the shoulder injury after five outings.

No corresponding roster move was announced after Saturday night's 8-1 loss to St. Louis.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.
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