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Cubs send Mervis to Iowa, remember Mastrobuoni

Cubs’ Miles Mastrobuoni looks at his RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning on Tuesday.
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The Cubs brought back infielder Miles Mastrobuoni and sent Matt Mervis to Triple A Iowa for Saturday’s game.

Mervis got eight starts as the designated hitter, but hit just .115. When he made his Major League debut last year, Mervis hit .167 in 27 games.

The Cubs struggled offensively this week and decided to try out some different players at DH. Patrick Wisdom got the nod on Saturday, hitting his first home run of the season in the sixth inning.

“We’re definitely at a point where we’re looking to create offense, there’s no doubt about that,” manager Craig Counsell said. “At the end of the day, we’re looking for production and we just haven’t gotten it.

“It’s unfortunate. Matt is producing at a high level in the minor leagues, a very high level. He just went through a stretch where it didn’t play out here. We just have to go back to the drawing board with him.”

Matt Mervis takes the field at Wrigley on Friday.
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Mervis hit .288 with 5 home runs at Iowa earlier this season. Mastrobuoni hit .231 in 10 games at Triple A after starting the season with the Cubs.

One step closer:

Manager Craig Counsell believes injured Cubs outfielders Cody Bellinger (rib fracture) and Seiya Suzuki (oblique strain) will return to the field next week.

Both players underwent baseball activities on Saturday. Depending on how they progress, Counsell thinks Suzuki could be ready for a short rehab assignment, while Bellinger may not need one.

“They’re both in the same place for the most part,” Counsell said. “Belli might be a little ahead of Seiya. Seiya still has a few baserunning days ahead of him, because it happened on the bases and it happened running.”

Bear cubs:

Bears first-round pick Caleb Williams attended Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field. He sat in a suite between new teammates Keenan Allen and Cole Kmet.