Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki is back with the big club after missing over a month with a sprained finger. He will bat cleanup and play right field in his first appearance since May 26.
The 27-year-old out of Tokyo was off to a very hot start in his first big league campaign, which earned him Rookie of the Month honors back in April. He was slashing .245/.334/.432 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 41 games before he injured his finger on an awkward slide into second base against the Cincinnati Reds.
The time off to mend the finger doesn’t appear to have hurt Suzuki’s hitting abilities, as he went 4-for-9 with two doubles and a home run in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs can use the boost in their lineup right about now, too, as the team tries to get healthy. They currently sit in fourth in the NL Central, 17.5 games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Chicago kicks off a three-game series in Milwaukee starting on Monday.