Aramis Ramirez out with stitches

Updated: June 3, 2011, 8:25 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez missed Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after taking a ground ball to the face on Wednesday.

Ramirez took seven stitches inside the upper left part of his mouth and is day to day. He is getting treatment from the training staff and took batting practice before Friday's game, saying he will do everything he can to avoid going on the disabled list.

"I'm fine. It's just inflammation and stitches but I didn't have any concussion," Ramirez said before Friday's game. "I'm not playing today, but we'll see how it is tomorrow. We'll take it day by day."

Rookie D.J. LeMahieu made his first major league start in place of Ramirez.

Ramirez left Wednesday's 3-1 loss against the Houston Astros after taking a ground ball to the face. Houston's Chris Johnson hit a sharp ground ball down the third-base line in the seventh inning. Ramirez dove to his right, and the ball popped up and hit him in the face.

"It was bad when I did it," Ramirez said. "Right now I feel better. But I had a bad cut on the inside of [my mouth]. I was bleeding a lot. When it first happened, a lot of blood was coming out. I knew I was hurt."

Ramirez is being treated with ice and oral medication.

The Cubs have six players from the Opening Day roster on the disabled list. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who has a left quad strain, was the latest addition on Tuesday.

Ramirez is batting .289 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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