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Ramirez: Don't blame Hendry for season
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 10/1/2009 11:31 PM

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez returned to the Cubs lineup Thursday after being bothered by soreness in his left shoulder, which he dislocated in May.

"The fans come out and watch us play, and they want to see the main guys play," Ramirez said.

In talking about the disappointing season for the Cubs, Ramirez said to blame poor performance by the players and not general manager Jim Hendry.

The question came up in the context of the Cubs needing another bat in the lineup after they sent right fielder Milton Bradley home for the season with a suspension.

"I think they're going to address that because we're going to need a right fielder if they decide Milton isn't coming back," Ramirez said. "We're going to need a right fielder or a center fielder if they move Fuky (Kosuke Fukudome) to right.

"We've got bats in here that they know could be better than what they did. We're going to come back here next year healthy and do what they're supposed to do, do what we're supposed to do, and we're going to be all right.

"That's not (Hendry's) fault. He thought (Bradley) was the right move. It didn't work out. But at the same time, he's the same guy that put back-to-back (division) championship teams together."

Lee scratched: First baseman Derrek Lee was a late lineup scratch for "personal reasons," the Cubs said. Lee had been bothered by a sore left foot earlier this week, but the Cubs said the scratch was not health related.

Slow going: Left fielder Alfonso Soriano continues rehabbing from recent surgery on his left knee. He'll head to Miami after the season ends Sunday. After spending about a week there, he'll go home to the Dominican Republic.

"You know, it's still like weak," Soriano said. "It's not the same, so I hope that, because it's been two weeks, in one month, or three or four weeks, I feel better. But now, I cannot even run because I feel like I want to fall down. I have a lot of work to do to get my knee in shape again."