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Ramirez out for at least a month

According to a baseball source, Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez could be lost to the team for at least a month after dislocating his left shoulder in the third inning of Friday's game in Milwaukee, ESPN1000's Bruce Levine reported.

More will be known after team doctors examine Ramirez and imaging is done on the shoulder to detect the amount of damage that was done. Ramirez will go back to Chicago on Friday night to have an MRI on his dislocated shoulder on Saturday.

According to Ramirez's agent, Paul Kinver, the Cubs' third baseman has had two other occasions during his major-league career where he had partial dislocations in his shoulder.

Ramirez had suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder on Aug. 28, 2000, Levine reported. He missed the remainder of the season. On August 9, 1998, Ramirez hyperextended his left shoulder. He returned to the lineup on Sept. 4.

Regardless of how long Ramirez misses, he will more than likely have to have surgery to tighten the shoulder after the season.

For now, newly acquired infielder Ryan Freel, Mike Fontenot and Bobby Scales will rotate playing third base. Ramirez missed 11 games with a strained calf muscle before rturning to the lineup on May 4.