(CBS) The Cubs have recalled outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa.
Schwarber will play left field and hit fifth when Chicago hosts Milwaukee in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field.
To make room for Schwarber on the 25-man roster, the Cubs placed right-hander John Lackey on the 10-day disabled list. He’s suffered from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, a malady he pitched through Thursday. Because of the timing with the long All-Star break, Lackey probably could return without missing a turn in the rotation. Lackey is 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA this season.
The 24-year-old Schwarber was demoted on June 22 amid prolonged struggles in the big leagues this year in which he’s hit .171 with a .673 OPS. In 11 games at Triple-A, Schwarber hit .343 with four homers, nine RBIs and a 1.192 OPS. He walked eight times and struck out 12 times.
Upon Schwarber’s demotion, the Cubs didn’t put a timetable on his return, with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein saying he’d return when he looked “like himself.”
Schwarber spent most of the early season hitting lead-off before he was dropped from the spot after his bad start. Jon Jay is hitting lead-off for the Cubs on Thursday.