Grudzielanek bats leadoff in return to lineup

Updated: June 20, 2004, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs activated second baseman Mark Grudzielanek from the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

Grudzielanek had been on the DL list since April 10 with inflammation of his right Achilles tendon. He was in the starting lineup Saturday and batting leadoff for the Cubs.

The Cubs got Grudzielanek back a day after Sammy Sosa returned to the lineup after missing a month with a sprained back ligament.

Grudzielanek hit .314 last season and had a .986 fielding percentage at second base. He hit .250 with two home runs and four RBIs in eight rehabilitation games at Triple-A Iowa.

Grudzielanek is expected to split time at second with Todd Walker, who is hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs.

To make room for Grudzielanek, the Cubs designated Jimmy Anderson for assignment. The right-hander pitched in seven games for the Cubs and allowed five runs in 9 2-3 innings with a save.

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