The Cubs lineup gained a big reinforcement Sunday with the return of second baseman Nico Hoerner.
Prior to their series finale in Cincinnati, the Cubs activated Hoerner off the 10-day injured list. He's starting at second on Sunday, hitting sixth.
It's big news for the Cubs, who have missed Hoerner's productivity. He's been sidelined the last five weeks with a left hamstring strain, sustained in late May running to first base against the Pirates.
Hoerner was off to a fast start at the plate before going on the IL, turning in a .338/.405/.432 slash line in 21 games. He was a big part of the Cubs' offensive turnaround in May, after they recalled him from the alternate site in late April.
In a corresponding move Sunday, the Cubs optioned Sergio Alcántara to Triple-A Iowa.
Alcántara hit .179/.282/.403 in 24 games, providing the Cubs defensive versatility by playing shortstop, second and third base.