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CHICAGO -- Neil Ramirez took advantage of time off to prepare for his offseason wedding and rest his arm.

The Cubs reliever was activated from the disabled list Sunday after missing time because of a sore right triceps. Left-hander Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room.

Ramirez had a 0.96 ERA in 33 games before he was placed on the DL. He went to Mesa, Ariz., to rehab and pitched in two games, totaling 1 1/3 innings.

"I just feel like the ball is coming out good again," Ramirez said Sunday. "I feel loose and ready to go."

He credited athletic trainer P.J. Mainville and strength coach Tim Buss with putting him on a program that has helped him build up arm strength.

"I just have to keep up with that and finish out the year strong," Ramirez said.

He did nothing except play catch for the first four or five days on the DL.

"The team is looking out for me," Ramirez said. "I want to finish the year strong."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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