ESPNews reports Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to tendonitis in his left knee.
Ramirez started to show signs of the injury when he left the game Wednesday, June 6, and underwent an MRI the next day. Since manager Lou Piniella did say that Ramirez had a chance of returning by the end of the week, the injury doesn't seem too serious.
Outfielder Mark DeRosa will shift to the infield to take Ramirez's spot while the team will insert Felix Pie or one of their other talented young outfielders into the lineup. Ramirez will be hard to replace, both for the Cubs and from a fantasy standpoint since he was batting .299 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. While Pie has been performing well since being called back up this June, he hasn't been known for his power.
There should be a few options to replace Ramirez on the waiver wire, with Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion being the best choice right now. Encarnacion had a horrible start to the season and was sent down to Triple-A Louisville. He was called up again in May and has been incredible since then. Encarnacion has been a steady provider of RBI and could be worth hanging onto after Ramirez returns.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Nick Punto is another option for teams that need to fill the vacancy at third base, but with his low power numbers and a high amount of stolen bases, he is a completely different player from Ramirez.
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