07/05/10 5:45 PM ET
Zambrano to begin workouts this week
By Barry M. Bloom and Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
-- Barry M. Bloom
Ramirez returns as Soriano, Lee rest
PHOENIX -- Cubs skipper Lou Piniella's Monday lineup featured the return of one slugger but the absence of two others.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who did not play Saturday or Sunday after aggravating his sprained left thumb -- the same injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list June 9 -- was back in the starting lineup, slotted sixth in the batting order. He entered Monday hitting .177 with just six home runs and 23 RBIs in 55 games this season.
Piniella did elect to rest left fielder Alfonso Soriano and first baseman Derrek Lee, giving him two potent options off of the bench.
Lee and Soriano went a combined 7-for-48 (.146) at the plate during the Cubs' recent seven-game homestand. On Monday, Xavier Nady and Tyler Colvin filled in for them at first base and in left field, respectively.
-- Andrew Pentis
Cubs bring back Berg, option Stevens
PHOENIX -- To freshen an overworked bullpen, the Cubs on Monday swapped one right-handed relief pitcher for another.
Chicago recalled Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa, and to clear a spot for him on the 25-man roster, optioned fellow reliever Jeff Stevens, who has compiled a 5.71 ERA in 17 Major League appearances this season, back to Iowa.
The Cubs employed four relievers in Sunday's 14-3 loss, the first of which, Stevens, allowed four runs and three hits and three walks without recording an out in the seventh inning. He returns to Iowa for the third time this season.
Berg, who was available for the Cubs' series opener with the D-backs on Monday, made the Opening Day roster but allowed 10 earned runs in his 16 innings before he was sent down. For Iowa, the 26-year-old right-hander went 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 appearances.
-- Andrew Pentis
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.