Cubs reliever activated from the disabled list

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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today activated left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing off of the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. on the bereavement list.

Duensing will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 34-year-old Duensing began the season on the disabled list due to lower back tightness during spring training and made two rehab outings for Triple-A Iowa, tossing three scoreless innings while striking out five and walking none.

Duensing is 42-37 with two saves, 45 holds and a 4.13 ERA (304 ER/666.2 IP) in 368 major league appearances (307 in relief, 61 as a starter) covering eight major league seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2009-15) and Baltimore Orioles (2016). In his career, he has limited left-handed hitters to a .236 batting average (205-for-867), a .286 on-base percentage and a .328 slugging percentage, good for a .614 opponents OPS. Duensing has walked only 50 of the 946 left-handed hitters he has faced, an average of one walk per 19 plate appearances.

Edwards Jr. has tossed five scoreless outings this season covering 4.2 innings pitched, allowing just one hit, walking three and striking out four.

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