Szczur has not played the last two games and has just 20 at-bats this month, but he stayed up with the Cubs when Dexter Fowler was activated Friday. Szczur has been a strong asset off the bench this season, but he's a luxury the Cubs may not be able to afford much longer, as both Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan are nearing returns from injury, and Albert Almora - Friday's roster casualty - is waiting in the wings as well.
Szczur went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday's 6-0 victory over the Pirates. The 26-year-old got things started on the right foot for the Cubs, smacking a two-run blast on Francisco Liriano's second pitch of the game. It was Szczur's first homer since April 29, and helped bring his season line to .333/.375/.533. With a lefty on the mound, the Cubs were able to work both Szczur and rookie Albert Almora into the lineup at left field and right field, respectively, with Jason Heyward taking a seat for the afternoon.
Szczur (hamstring) will be activated from the DL on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Szczur has been on a rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee, but he'll return to the Cubs on Saturday and will be available for the night's matchup with the Giants. It's unclear whether or not he'll play, but the Cubs could certainly use the extra outfield depth with Jason Heyward (hip) out. Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the roster.
Szczur (hamstring) will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday, Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports. Szczur has been on the disabled list since May 3, but it appears that his hamstring is holding up well enough to allow him to compete in full game action. A clear timetable hasn't been revealed, but if all goes well in his upcoming rehab games, the 26-year-old could return to the Cubs before the end of the month.
Szczur (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a mild hamstring strain, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Szczur injured his hamstring in Monday's bout with the Pirates, and it appears that the MRI he underwent on Tuesday revealed enough to send him to the disabled list. To fill his spot on the roster, Ryan Kalish was added to the 40-man roster and called up, while Christian Villanueva was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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