Seiya Suzuki to IL, Alexander Canario recalled to Cubs' roster

Seiya Suzuki to IL, Alexander Canario recalled to Cubs' roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago Cubs’ lineup took a big hit Monday as the team placed outfielder Seiya Suzuki on the 10-day injured list.

Suzuki, who has three home runs and 13 RBIs this season, was diagnosed with a right oblique strain, which he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Seattle Mariners.

The Cubs made a corresponding roster move prior to their series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, recalling outfielder Alexander Canario from Triple-A Iowa.

Suzuki has been one of the Cubs’ best hitters in the early going, with seven total extra base hits and a .305 batting average in 59 at-bats. His hot start followed a blistering spring training where he hit six home runs in 37 at-bats for the Cubs.

Canario made his MLB debut last season with the Cubs, collecting his first big-league home run via a grand slam at Wrigley Field. He had five hits in 17 at-bats for the Cubs during the stretch run of the season.

This season in Iowa, Canario has two home runs and seven RBI’s, with a .377 on-base percentage buoyed by eight walks in 61 total plate appearances.

The Cubs will open a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field, with first pitch set for 8:40 p.m.

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