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Cubs activate Justin Grimm, recall Matt Szczur

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ST.LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs activated reliever Justin Grimm from the disabled list while recalling outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Grimm, 26, has not pitched in a game this season after going on the disabled list with forearm inflammation at the end of spring training. He appeared in 73 games last season, producing a 3.78 ERA. The Cubs have given up the most runs in the National League in the sixth inning, including four over their last two games to the St. Louis Cardinals, both come-from-behind Cardinals victories. Grimm will slot back into a middle-inning role.

This is Szczur’s second stint with the Cubs after making the team out of spring training. He was 2 for 10 before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa last month.

To make room on the roster for both moves, the Cubs optioned outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A and designated pitcher Anthony Varvaro for assignment. The Cubs claimed Varvaro from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. He was in uniform Tuesday night but failed to appear in the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Cardinals.