Notes: Ramirez goes on DL

Notes: Ramirez goes on 15-day DL

CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Friday he doesn't want to miss the rest of the season but he does have a severe strain in his left quadriceps that will make it tough to come back.

Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and infielder Ronny Cedeno was recalled from Triple-A Iowa for his third stint with the big-league team.

Ramirez was injured running to first base in the first inning on Wednesday. He had been bothered since July 27 with a sore right quad, and that injury might have led to the current problem.

"That's what the doctors said, that I put too much pressure on [the left leg]," Ramirez said.

He was still in a lot of pain on Friday. Cubs athletic trainer Mark O'Neal said the team would know more about the third baseman's status in a week to 10 days.

"There was no defect in the muscle, which is a lot better -- because I have a defect in mine, and I know how it feels," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "His is deep. We'll see how he is at the end of the 15 days."

Ramirez was batting .302 with 31 home runs and a team-high 92 RBIs in 123 games. He doesn't want his season cut short.

"I don't want to sit the last 35 games," Ramirez said. "It's not fair to the guys in this room for me to quit."

Nomar Garciaparra made his first career start at third base on Friday against Florida in Ramirez's place. He volunteered to make the switch from shortstop on Wednesday. Garciaparra hasn't played third since high school. He also was a catcher for his prep baseball team.

"That's what I did in high school my sophomore year -- I caught. That one I might keep quiet [from Baker]," Garciaparra said, laughing.

Garciaparra's move is similar to Kerry Wood's switch from the rotation to the bullpen. Wood was forced to go to the 'pen because his right shoulder acts up when he goes deep in games.

"I was thinking about both those guys," Baker said of Wood and Garciaparra. "They're doing the same thing, changing positions, adjusting, just trying to do whatever they can to help us win. A lot of guys could've said, 'Hey, the year is over.' They love to play; they want to help us. They're going to try to get us back to over .500."

Future tense: Cedeno, 22, is considered the shortstop of the future for the Cubs. He was batting .355 with 14 doubles, eight homers and 36 RBIs in 65 games at Iowa, and he started on Friday.

However, Baker isn't about to put Neifi Perez on the sidelines. Perez filled in for Garciaparra when he missed 3 1/2 months with a groin injury.

"Neifi has saved us to this point," Baker said. "Cedeno will play some. It depends on how Nomar comes out. We've got to see how he does [at third base] and play it by ear."

Hall of Fame: If you have a ticket for Sunday's game between the Cubs and Marlins, plan to arrive early. The Cubs will retire Ryne Sandberg's No. 23 in pregame ceremonies, starting at 12:30 p.m. CT. Gates to Wrigley Field will open two hours before game time, as usual. The longtime Cubs second baseman was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 31.

Cubs Convention: Looking ahead to January? If you want to reserve a room for the 2006 Cubs Convention, you can book it now at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel by calling 1-800-HILTON. Ask for the Cubs Convention rate. The convention will be held Jan. 13-15, 2006. Tickets for the convention will go on sale in early November.

Minor matters: Rich Hill gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings and struck out seven in Iowa's 4-2 win over New Orleans in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Carmen Pignatiello gave up one earned run on four hits over four innings in a 4-1 loss. Matt Murton was 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs in the two games. ... Adam Greenberg went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and scored a run in Double-A West Tenn's 5-4 loss to Mississippi. Carlos Marmol gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings in the game. ... The game between Class A Daytona and St. Lucie was postponed because of rain. ... Matthew Weber gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in Class A Peoria's 7-6 win over West Michigan. Sam Fuld went 4-for-4 and scored three runs, and Eric Patterson was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. ... Class A Boise beat Spokane, 2-1, in 12 innings. Kyle Reynolds was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs, including the game-winner in the top of the 12th.

On deck: Greg Maddux will go for win No. 11 on Saturday in Game 2 of this three-game series against the Florida Marlins and former Cubs top draft pick Dontrelle Willis.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.