Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Seiya Suzuki has been taken off the injured list after missing about five weeks with a sprained left ring finger.
Suzuki was back in the lineup and in the cleanup area for the Cubs’ Monday game against Milwaukee. Cubs manager David Ross said Suzuki “has been looking forward to getting back on the field for a while.”
“It feels good, no issues with the finger,” Ross said before the game.
The Cubs opted for outfielder Narciso Crook at Triple-A Iowa.
Suzuki, 27, signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs in March after playing for Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central League. Suzuki was a five-time All-Star winner and a five-time Gold Glove during nine seasons with the Carp.
He hit .245 with a .344 on-base percentage, four home runs and 21 RBIs in 41 games with the Cubs. He had not played since May 26 due to his injury.
“When he’s hot, he’s as good a player as we are,” Ross said. “It’s good to get him back. We’ll see how it goes.
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