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Cubs roster move: Steven Souza Jr. to injured list, Hernan Perez recalled

The Cubs outfielder has a hamstring strain.

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Steven Souza Jr. hadn’t gotten a lot of playing time early in this 2020 Cubs season, though he did hit a big game-tying home run Saturday against the Brewers.

Now he’ll miss some time due to a right hamstring strain, as the team placed him on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Monday, August 17).

To replace Souza on the active roster, infielder Hernan Perez was recalled from the Cubs’ alternate training site in South Bend. To make room for Perez on the 40-man roster, lefthander Brad Wieck was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list — a move that likely ends Wieck’s 2020 season. Wieck also had a hamstring strain but injured his right knee during the rehab process.

Perez has played in 645 MLB games with the Tigers and Brewers from 2012-19. The Cubs signed him to a minor-league deal last December. The versatile infielder also spent some time in the outfield last year, so he could give manager David Ross some flexibility in late-inning moves. Perez will wear uniform number 41, last worn by Steve Cishek in 2019.

These moves leave the Cubs’ 60-man player pool at 57, 28 in Chicago (plus four on the 10-day injured list) and 25 in South Bend.