Aramis Ramirez sat again Friday with a quad injury after saying Wednesday he will declare for free agency after the season.

Ramirez told manager Mike Quade he would keep him posted on when he's ready. Because the likelihood of Ramirez returning is slim and there are only five games remaining, why not just shut him down, like the Cubs did with Kerry Wood?

"I'd like to play him," Quade said. "… Let's just keep him working and let him get his treatment. Maybe he can't go in this series, or maybe he feels he can pinch hit sometime in this series, or even play, and into San Diego the same way.