Cubs activate Marisnick off IL, option Stewart

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The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Jake Marisnick from the 10-day injured list, the team announced Monday. Marisnick was out for four weeks with a strained right hamstring.

In a corresponding move, the Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart to Triple-A Iowa. Stewart made two starts for the Cubs, filling in for right-hander Trevor Williams (appendicitis). Stewart allowed just three earned runs in a combined 8 2/3 innings.

“I was really impressed," Cubs manager David Ross said of Stewart. "The way he competes, and the way he stays focused there ... it was it was really nice to see and a nice pick-me-up for when Trevor went down.”

The team does not have a timetable for Williams’ return, Ross said. But with an off day on Thursday, the Cubs don’t need a fifth starting pitcher this time through the rotation.

Marisnick is penciled in to start in center field Monday, batting fifth. With Padres left-hander Ryan Weathers on the mound, Marisnick’s return allows the Cubs to fill the outfield with right-handed hitters (and switch-hitter Ian Happ).

Marisnick was batting .264 with two triples and four home runs before he landed on the IL. Marisnick returns two days after the Cubs activated right fielder Jason Heyward. The Cubs now have nine players remaining on the injured list.


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