Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez will make his return to the starting lineup today against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field according to Cubs.Com beat writer Carrie Muskat. The struggling veteran has not played since last Sunday in Texas due to a sore left thumb.

Ramirez received a cortisone shot yesterday and must be feeling 100%, otherwise the Cubs wouldn't rush him back into action considering the horrible slump he's been in all season. With his return and the news that Jeff Baker is cleared to play following an occular migraine yesterday, the Cubs avoided what could've been a major depth problem at third base for the weekend against the rival Redbirds.

Meanwhile, this is what the entire Cubs' lineup looks like today that will oppose Chris Carpenter:

1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
2. Ryan Theriot, SS
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Marlon Byrd, CF
7. Geovany Soto, C
8. Starlin Castro, SS
9. Randy Wells, P

Game time is 2:20 PM ET, and the game can be seen on WGN.

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Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and utility man Jeff Baker each ended up in the hospital yesterday, but thankfully each appear to be fine now.

Zambrano had abdominal pains yesterday and was tested for appendicitis, but the tests came back negative. Apparently the pains were just food-related, and he should still be able to make his return to the rotation next week in Pittsburgh.

Baker's situation was quite scary, as he randomly lost sight in his right eye during yesterday's game due to an occular migraine, something he's never experienced. He had to be taken out of the game in the eighth inning, and then was taken to the hospital, where he was given medication that returned his vision. He's now back with the team, and is available to play this afternoon against Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals

H/T: ESPN Chicago


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