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Cubs roster move: Kris Bryant activated from DL, David Bote returned to Iowa

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It will be good to have KB back in the lineup.

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Kris Bryant, mired in a .188/.273/.333 (9-for-48) slump for 12 games in mid-June, finally went on the disabled list June 26 (retroactive to June 23) with what was described as “inflammation” in his right shoulder, which supposedly happened on a dive he had made for a ball a few weeks earlier.

That finally explained, perhaps, why KB had the power outage he’d been on since mid-May, just one home run since May 14 and a slugging percentage of just .382 in 32 games since that May 14 homer.

A rest of 19 days (plus a two-game rehab stint where he went 2-for-6 with a home run) has now (hopefully) returned KB to form as he returns to the active roster:

David Bote has had three different stints with the Cubs this year. In the most recent one, he hit .333/.464/.476 (7-for-21) with a home run and six walks; overall this year with the big-league Cubs he’s hit .300/.388/.425 (12-for-40) with two doubles and that home run. He’ll almost certainly be back later in the summer. At some point I suspect he’ll be a trade chip, because he’s completely blocked from even a fulltime bench role with the Cubs, and there are some MLB teams he could probably start for.