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Chicago Cubs activate outfielder Ian Happ off IL

Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (2) and center fielder Ian Happ (8) collide while tracking a fly ball in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The Reds won 13-12 on a walk off single by Nick Castellanos, scoring Jesse Winker from third. Chicago Cubs At Cincinnati Reds

The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Ian Happ off the 10-day injury prior to Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

Happ was penciled into the No. 6 spot in the batting order and will play center field.

Happ had been sidelined since bruising ribs in a collision with teammate Nico Hoerner on May 2. Both players were attempting to catch a pop-up in the outfield when they smacked into one another.

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Hoerner went on the injured list with a forearm injury and was activated Friday.

The 26-year-old Happ is off to a slow start and was batting .167 with two homers and four RBIs in 26 games before the injury. The former first-round pick (ninth overall in 2015) batted .258 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in 57 games for Chicago last season.

To open a roster spot for Happ, infielder Ildemaro Vargas was designated for assignment. Vargas, 29, hit .143 with two RBIs in nine games.

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–Field Level Media