Sore Aramis expects to return Friday

Sore Aramis expects to return Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez was not in the lineup Thursday, still bothered by a sore left side. His status is day to day.

Ramirez said he hurt his side when he dove for a ball Monday against the Giants. He can feel some discomfort when he's swinging or throwing.

"Those injuries there are ones you have to be cautious with," acting Cubs manager Alan Trammell said.

Ramirez said he expected to be back in the lineup Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis.