Thumb injury plagues Ramirez

DENVER -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez was out of Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies because of recurring left thumb pain.

Ramirez, who missed 15 games in June because of the injury, said he should be back in the lineup on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. But interim manager Alan Trammell, filling in for Lou Piniella who is attending a funeral, wasn't sure about that timetable.

"I've seen some wincing with some of his swings and misses," Trammell said before the Cubs lost 8-7. "I guess we'll have to tell him don't swing and miss. Going back to when he first hurt the thumb, that seems to aggravate it more than anything else. I'm not going to guarantee he will play [Monday]."

Ramirez has struggled through the worst season of his career, batting .222 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. But he seemed to turn it around a bit after coming off the disabled list on June 25. He batted .313 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in July.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.