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Cubs roster move: Jake Marisnick activated, Kohl Stewart optioned to Iowa

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The Cubs have a versatile outfielder back on the active roster.

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Jake Marisnick suffered a hamstring injury on this play at Wrigley Field May 9 [VIDEO].

It didn’t look that serious at the time, but the injury has kept him out of action for four weeks.

Monday, the Cubs activated Marisnick from the 10-day injured list and optioned Kohl Stewart to Triple-A Iowa.

Marisnick was hitting .264/.350/.623 (14-for-53) with four home runs at the time he was injured and had three of those four home runs in his most recent nine games. He can play all three outfield positions and gives the Cubs some versatility for a late-inning defensive replacement or starting against lefthanders.

Stewart made two starts for the Cubs, one pretty good, the other... not quite so good. In all, he posted a 3.12 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 8x innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts. This implies that the Cubs, with an off day later this week, might skip the fifth-starter spot this time around the rotation and go with an extra bench player until that spot is needed. The Cubs won’t need a fifth starter until June 15.

As always, we await developments. Today’s game preview will post at 7 p.m. CT.