Baker subs for Ramirez, who gets day of rest

Baker subs for Ramirez, who gets day of rest

Baker subs for Ramirez, who gets day of rest
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade has tried to give everyone a day off, and Monday was third baseman Aramis Ramirez's day of rest.

"Ramy needs a day -- I think he needs a day," Quade said. "I could've given it to him [Sunday], but I thought [Sunday] was a more offensive conducive day. It's a good thing when you have a guy playing so well like [Jeff Baker] is, it makes it a lot easier."

Baker subbed at third and the cleanup spot in the lineup against the Rockies on Monday. He's batting .361 overall, but has gotten most of his at-bats against lefties, hitting .455 (10-for-22). Against right-handers, Baker is batting .214 (3-for-14).

"I'm prepared to hit either one," Baker said of lefties vs. righties. "Obviously, I've had the majority of my at-bats against lefties, but you can get in a groove against righties."

He didn't want to face only right-handers in batting practice. That didn't matter, he said.

"In Colorado [last weekend], we had guys who threw left-handed [in batting practice], but that doesn't matter," he said. "It's more just about having a good approach and sticking with the approach, basically."

Baker doesn't have an edge against Rockies starter Esmil Rogers either. He's never faced him.

"I don't care," Baker said. "I just want to play. It's that simple."

Quade said he wants Ramirez to be fresh for the upcoming West Coast trip to Arizona and Los Angeles. Ramirez has reached base safely in the first 21 games and, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he's one of three players to reach via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in each of his team's games this season. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Cincinnati's Joey Votto also have done so.

Ramirez's streak is the longest by a Cubs player since 2007, when Derrek Lee reached safely in each of the first 32 games of the season. Alfonso Soriano reached base safely in his first 31 games of '07 but missed time because of a strained hamstring.