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Ramirez joins injured Cubs

Aramis Ramirez prepares to leave the field after separating his left shoulder diving for a third-inning hit.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Aramis Ramirez prepares to leave the field after separating his left shoulder diving for a third-inning hit. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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The injury-riddled Chicago Cubs placed third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a dislocated left shoulder and said first baseman Derrek Lee will have tests done on Monday on his neck.

Manager Lou Piniella said Ramirez will spend one week in a sling and about three weeks rebuilding strength in the shoulder with non- baseball activities before a timetable can be set for his return. It’s likely to take several more weeks after that before Ramirez is ready.

Ramirez isn’t expected to need surgery. Once the swelling goes down in the shoulder, the training staff will be able to better determine how much time the All-Star slugger will miss.

Ramirez, who was hitting .364 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 18 games this year, was hurt on a backhand dive in the third inning of Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lee, hitting .209 with three homers and 15 RBIs, continues to struggle with neck spasms that have kept him out of the past three games and will limit him to pinch-hitting duties this weekend.

The Cubs also are missing ace Carlos Zambrano with a hamstring injury. Zambrano is expected to throw a bullpen session in the coming days.

Manuel suspended

New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel was suspended one game and fined for making contact with an umpire during an argument in a game on Thursday night.

Major League Baseball banned Manuel, and he sat out when the Mets hosted Pittsburgh.

A’s add Kennedy

Infielder Adam Kennedy has been added to Oakland’s roster one day after being acquired from Tampa Bay.

Kennedy, the MVP of the 2002 ALCS with the Angels, was in the No. 8 spot in Oakland’s lineup against Toronto.

Tomko to Yankees

The New York Yankees purchased the contract of right-hander Brett Tomko from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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