Cubs hope to pencil in Aramis on Sunday

Cubs hope to pencil in Aramis on Sunday

ST. LOUIS -- Blake DeWitt started at third base on Saturday for the Cubs in place of Aramis Ramirez, who may be able to return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals.

Ramirez has a swollen left upper lip and seven stitches after being hit in the face by a ball. He was able to hit off a batting tee on Friday.

"He really wasn't available [Friday]," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "It looks like I can use him off the bench [Saturday]. If things go well, and so far they have, I'd love to pencil him in for [Sunday]."

Ramirez, who is 6-for-15 in his last four games, was hit in the face in the seventh inning on Wednesday by a ball hit by Houston's Chris Johnson.