In a move that could have been made more than two weeks ago when his bruised hand became an issue, .168-hitting Aramis Ramirez is expected to go on the disabled list Wednesday.
``Rather than milking it along, possibly getting it 100 percent well [is the objective],'' said manager Lou Piniella, who wouldn't say specifically that a DL move was coming today, possibly to wait until all parties were notified. ``Let's not rule out any option,'' he added.
Chad Tracy, the former Arizona Diamondbacks starting third baseman who opened the season on the roster, likely will be called up from AAA Iowa to take Ramirez's place on the roster.
While the soreness near the base of his left thumb hasn't completely subsided and continues to bother him, allows a mental break as much as anything for the longtime cleanup hitter who has never suffered through a slump like the one he's been going through since the season began.
Until getting three hits Saturday in Houston, Ramirez had only three two-hit games all season, and two were in the span of five days last month.
He leads the team with 45 strikeouts, compared to just 30 hits.
Two weeks ago, Ramirez missed four games because of the hand problem but the club decided against a DL move at that point.