“All year we’ve been talking about giving these guys a rest,” general manager Jed Hoyer explained before the Cubs played the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. “That was the intention, to give him a rest. We’ve tried our hardest to be careful with him, as far as getting him up and down and (pitching) back-to-back days.”
The Cubs curiously sent Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, the day after his last appearance. He was in the midst of a stellar rookie year, putting up a 0.96 ERA to go along with a 0.93 WHIP and three saves over the course of 28 innings pitched this season. He never appeared in a game for Iowa before going on the disabled list.
“That was probably the right way to handle it once he came up sore,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer admitted the Cubs talked to the Major League Baseball Players Association, as resting a player by demoting him to the minor leagues could be viewed as an attempt to save on a major league salary, but Ramirez was placed on the major league disabled list, retroactive to his last appearance Friday.
“I think we’ve seen a dip in performance in our young relievers,” Hoyer said. “They all look a little bit tired.”