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Cubs roster move: Matt Duffy activated from injured list, Eric Sogard DFA

Here’s the move we were expecting yesterday.

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We waited all day Thursday for Matt Duffy, who was in St. Louis Wednesday, to be activated from the injured list. Instead we got this move made by the Cubs before Thursday’s game.

Today, Duffy was activated from the injured list, and as he was on the 60-day IL and therefore not counted as part of the 40-man roster, a move for that roster was also required. Eric Sogard was designated for assignment.

Before going down with a back injury in late May, Duffy was hitting .278/.377/.356 (25-for-90) with four doubles and a home run. When he was in the lineup he was seen as helping out by running long counts and having quality at-bats, as well as being versatile defensively. He is in today's starting lineup playing third base.

Sogard hit .249/.283/.314 (42-for-169) with the Cubs with six doubles, a triple and a home run. His value was as a pinch-hitter, where he hit .345/.387/.414 (10-for-29) with two walks. As a starter Sogard hit just .221/.250/.265 with 23 strikeouts in 113 at-bats.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster remains full at 40.