Notes: Lilly to be fined, not suspended
Lee muddling through hitting slump; Ramirez to run cautiously
CHICAGO -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has talked to Major League Baseball officials regarding what happened Sunday night in Atlanta, when pitcher Ted Lilly was ejected after hitting Edgar Renteria without being warned.
Atlanta's Tim Hudson hit Alfonso Soriano on Saturday night, and both teams were warned, but Hudson wasn't ejected. Soriano had hit three home runs Friday night against the Braves. Home-plate umpire Jim Wolf did not issue any warning Sunday, and tossed Lilly, who had thrown 10 pitches in the game.
Hendry talked to both Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of on-field operations, and Mike Port, MLB's vice president of umpiring. Lilly will be fined, but not suspended. Port told Hendry he would examine the game films.
"Basically, I feel if Ted was going to be ejected from that ballgame, then there should've been warnings at home plate before the game, which has happened in the past," Hendry said Tuesday.
"The night before, the umpires felt after the initial incident with Soriano, that it was imperative enough to warn everyone who came into the ballgame from both sides as every pitching change was made," Hendry said. "If they felt emotions were that high, they certainly had every right, if they chose to, to warn people before the ballgame the next night."
Slump: Derrek Lee is in a funk.
The Cubs first baseman entered Tuesday's game batting .233 (10-for-43) in his last 11 games with two home runs and five RBIs. He hit .392 in April, and .306 in May.
Since returning to the lineup on a regular basis May 22 after being sidelined with neck spasms, Lee was batting .231 (18-for-78).
"He's missing his pitches," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "He's getting some good pitches to hit and he's fouling them off. Early in the year, when he got good pitches to hit, he was putting them in play, and hard."
Piniella wasn't sure if the neck injury was still bothering Lee. The wrist injury that the first baseman suffered in April 2006 is not a factor.
"I'm just not hitting," Lee said.
"We need for him to get hot again, and swing the bat the way he's capable of," Piniella said.
Aches and pains: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list with left patellar tendinitis, said he's going to have to change his ways when he runs to the base. Ramirez injured his knee May 12, when he stepped on first base awkwardly, and aggravated it again in Milwaukee.
"I'm going to have to be careful," said Ramirez, placed on the disabled list Monday. "I have to learn to run through and step on it with my right foot."
He is scheduled to come off the disabled list in time for the Cubs' Interleague series against the White Sox, scheduled for June 22-24.
"I hope I'll be ready for that series," he said.
Ramirez was expected to resume batting practice when the team travels to Texas next week for a three-game Interleague series.
Tiger tales: Ryan Theriot can't wait until he's paired up again with Mike Fontenot in the Cubs infield. It's like a college reunion for the middle infielders.
Theriot and Fontenot were teammates at Louisiana State University for two seasons, playing short and second, respectively. On Monday night, they started for the Cubs at short and second, the first time they've been paired in a big-league game at the same positions they played in college.
"We've done that for a long time, and I felt real comfortable to have him out there next to me," Theriot said Tuesday. "I've got to assume it's something that hasn't happened too often. We had a lot of success doing that."
The two are the same age, but Fontenot came to LSU one year after Theriot.
"You know exactly what he's going to do," Theriot said of Fontenot. "That's what makes double-play combinations so great. You talk to [Alan Trammell] about him and Lou [Whitaker]. It was really fun and a blessing to have him out there for sure."
Fontenot is making quite an impression.
"The ball jumps off his bat," Piniella said. "We recognized that when we brought him up in New York. Watching him in [batting practice], he looks like a hitter. He's got confidence, and he swings it. He's done a real nice job around second base. He'll get some playing time here."
Great clips: Cubs infielder Mark DeRosa was sporting a very clean-shaven look on Tuesday. He'd trimmed his hair very, very short.
"I need edge in my life," DeRosa said.
He's filling in at third base while Ramirez is sidelined. Maybe that has something to do with the new look?
"I always shave it at some point in the season," DeRosa said. "Now that I'm playing third, I have to look more intimidating."
Schedule change: The St. Louis Cardinals and Cubs will play their day-night doubleheader on Sept. 15, not Sept. 14 as previously announced. The makeup date for the April 29 game had originally been scheduled for Sept. 14 as a day-night doubleheader, but Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association approved the switch. The first game will start at 12:10 p.m. CT on Sept. 15, to be followed by the regularly scheduled game for that day, which will begin at 7:10 p.m. CT.
Extra bases: After this series with the Mariners, only two Major League teams will have yet to play at Wrigley Field: the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... The Mariners and Cubs rank second and third in the Majors, respectively, in team batting average with runners in scoring position. ... Piniella is getting ready to take advantage of the Chicago lakefront. He said he bought some shorts Tuesday. "I'm ready to start walking around Lake Michigan pretty soon," he said. ... Wade Miller will rejoin the Cubs this weekend, and go with them to Texas. He'll have a chance to throw for pitching coach Larry Rothschild to see how he's progressed after taking time to rehab his right shoulder. ... Did Piniella have any problems with Carlos Zambrano's antics Monday? Zambrano was hopping after the final out of the eighth inning. "I was jumping up and down with him," Piniella said. "I like emotion. What's wrong with emotion in baseball? Let these guys express themselves. It doesn't bother me. I sort of like it."
Minor matters: J.R. Mathes threw his fifth career complete game in Triple-A Iowa's 8-2 win over Omaha on Monday. Mathes gave up two runs on eight hits over nine innings. Mike Kinkade hit a pair of two-run homers. ... Paul Schappert gave up seven runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings in Double-A Tennessee's 11-9 loss to Carolina. ... Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer in Class A Daytona's 8-7 loss to St. Lucie. ... Dylan Johnston hit a three-run homer in Class A Peoria's 6-5 loss to Burlington.
On deck: Lefty Sean Marshall will start Game 2 of this three-game Interleague series on Wednesday night against Seattle's Miguel Batista. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast on WGN.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.