Cubs' Blanco back from DL
The Chicago Cubs announced on Tuesday that they have activated infielder Andres Blanco from the 15-day disabled list, and have also recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Berg and utility man Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa.
All three players will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.
The 25-year-old Blanco is batting .237 with five doubles and nine RBIs with the Cubs this season. He strained his left calf on Aug. 4 and completed a 20-game Triple-A rehab assignment on Monday. Overall this season, Blanco has batted .304 with 17 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBIs in 64 games with Iowa.
Hoffpauir, 29, was a member of Chicago's Opening Day roster and batted .233 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 81 games with the team this season. Hoffpauir, who was optioned to Iowa on Aug. 7, batted .217 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs in Triple-A contests, leading to Tuesday's recall.
Berg joins the Cubs for his third big-league stint this season. The 25-year-old pitcher was previously with the club from July 25-28 and Aug. 13-17, and made his major league debut against the Phillies on Aug. 13. Berg tossed two scoreless innings of relief in his lone big-league outing.
Berg went 6-2 while with Iowa, amassing a 2.43 ERA in 37 relief appearances this season. Berg limited opponents to a .205 batting average. Berg went 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his final 29 Triple-A appearances since the start of June. Overall this season, Berg has allowed only two home runs in 55.2 innings pitched.