Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

Through with rehab stint, righty slated to join club for Sunday's series finale

Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs' bullpen will get some reinforcement for Sunday night's series finale against the Cardinals when right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez joins the club.

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Ramirez has been on the disabled list since April 16 because of right shoulder inflammation. He made three rehab appearances -- two for Double-A Tennessee and a one-inning outing for Triple-A Iowa. In the three games, he gave up one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four.

Last season, Ramirez, 26, appeared in 50 games for the Cubs and posted a 1.44 ERA. He was expected to be a key piece of the bullpen this season but was sidelined with the shoulder injury after five outings.

No corresponding roster move was announced after Saturday night's 8-1 loss to St. Louis.

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