Neil Ramirez


Neil Ramirez must have been surprised when the Cubs told him he would be optioned to Triple-A Iowa — and the decision had nothing to do with performance.


After trying to send Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs did a U-turn on Tuesday and stashed their best reliever on the disabled list with what they’re calling a sore right triceps muscle.


Neil Ramirez blew a high fastball right by Matt Carpenter, pumped his fist and let out a little yell as he walked off the mound with 41,534 fans buzzing at Wrigley Field.


Neil Ramirez hasn’t done anything wrong. But he is headed back to Triple-A Iowa.