Martinez Discusses DL Stint

Reserve infielder Ramon Martinez was placed on the disabled list for a groin injury that he suffered in a game on Sept. 15.<BR><BR> Why put him on the disabled list when the rosters have expanded to 40?

The Cubs are figuring that he won't be ready for the playoffs and would likely place Neifi Perez on the playoff roster if the Cubs win the wild card.

"It's disappointing that I'm not 100 percent," Martinez said. "I'm probably 80 percent running, so what can you do? I haven't played in two weeks, and my rhythm isn't there."

--RHP LaTroy Hawkins blew his second straight save opportunity and ninth of the season on Wednesday against Cincinnati.

--LHP Glendon Rusch continued to pitch well but in what is likely his last start of the season, he picked up his 10th no-decision in 16 starts. If the Cubs qualified for the playoffs, he would likely go into the bullpen.

--2B Mark Grudzielanek (strained right hamstring) returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing three games.

--SS Nomar Garciaparra was moved from fifth to second in the lineup in Wednesday's game against Cincinnati.

--The Cubs passed the 3 million mark in attendance for the first time in franchise history.

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