CHICAGO -- Claiming he was a "little bit" surprised when the Chicago Cubs initially sent him down to Triple-A Iowa over the weekend, reliever Neil Ramirez isn't upset at how he was handled after coming up with a sore right triceps.
"I appreciate the organization for trying to take care of me," Ramirez said Thursday morning. "I'm the kind of guy that wants to be out there every day. I don't want to be babied."
Ramirez was demoted after his last appearance Friday to rest his arm, which had been bothering him for a little while. It was a curious move considering Ramirez is the best relief pitcher on the team. The Cubs quickly reversed course, putting him on the 15-day major league disabled list.
"It's nothing serious," Ramirez said. "We just want to hit it right away and get it out there before it becomes more serious."
General manager Jed Hoyer said the team consulted the player's association since it appeared as though the Cubs were sending an injured player to the minors. The Cubs avoided a potential grievance by putting Ramirez on the disabled list. Still, Ramirez wasn't fazed by any of it.
"I know the organization had my best interests at heart," he said.
The 25-year-old Ramirez is 1-1 with three saves and a 0.96 ERA in 33 games this season.