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Live BP? No thanks, says Cubs' Ramirez

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Aramis Ramirez hasn't lasted 12 years in the big-leagues for nothing. The Cubs third baseman took hitting in the cage and took hitting off coaches throwing batting practice today but kept his distance from the batter's box when it was his group's turn for live BP against Carlos Marmol.

``I'll get my live BP Thursday in the game, not against Marmol,'' said Ramirez, who has sagely avoided the sometimes erratic but traditional spring training practice throughout his career.

Today, for instance, Marmol hit prospect Starlin Castro in the butt - two days after prospect Rafael Dolis knocked down shortstop Ryan Theriot with a pitch that grazed Theriot's hand.

``I'm afraid of that,'' Ramirez said. ``I'll find my way to get ready, but it won't be doing live BP, I guarantee you that.''

``I don't blame him,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ``Would you want to hit against Marmol? Ramirez is a crafty veteran.''

Other camp highlights:

--Ted Lilly, who was sidelined by a viral infection the past week, was back for a second straight day, trying to regain enough strength to get back to a full day's activity, which he anticipates Sunday. He's already behind other pitchers in camp as he rehabs from early-November shoulder surgery and says he's not longer trying to estimate his return date.

``We weren't going to push him anyway,'' said Piniella, who says the timeline doesn't change in his mind. ``I think that he's going to miss the first two weeks, probably the first month of the season. But we'll see. Until we get him pitching, it's going to be hard to tell.''

--Alfonso Soriano, who came to camp unsure how his surgically repaired left knee would handle the rigors of early camp activity, said today he's happy with how it's gone so far after testing the knee in drills that have included hard running.

``I say it's 90 percent. But I've had no problems at all,'' he said this morning. ``But we have to wait and see in a game to know for sure, because practice isn't the same.''

He had arthroscopic surgery to clean up meniscus damage five months ago.


Other camp highlights:

--Ted Lilly, who was sidelined by a viral infection the past week, was back for a second straight day, trying to regain enough strength to get back to a full day's activity, which he anticipates Sunday. He's already behind other pitchers in camp as he rehabs from early-November shoulder surgery and says he's not longer trying to estimate his return date.

``We weren't going to push him anyway,'' said Piniella, who says the timeline doesn't change in his mind. ``I think that he's going to miss the first two weeks, probably the first month of the season. But we'll see. Until we get him pitching, it's going to be hard to tell.''

--Alfonso Soriano, who came to camp unsure how his surgically repaired left knee would handle the rigors of early camp activity, said today he's happy with how it's gone so far after testing the knee in drills that have included hard running.

``I say it's 90 percent. But I've had no problems at all,'' he said this morning. ``But we have to wait and see in a game to know for sure, because practice isn't the same.''

He had arthroscopic surgery to clean up meniscus damage five months ago.


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