Sunday, May 6, 2007

After 15 days, Burke returns

Chris Burke has returned from the disabled list after missing fifteen days due to a finger injury. The Cubs were 5-8 during that stretch.

Burke was filling in for the injured Carl Crawford who has been out since April 10 with a fractured eye socket. He is expected to miss at least another five weeks.

During Burke's absence, William Veneable and Delwyn Young were getting the majority of the playing time in left field with Luke Scott as the full-time center fielder. Now, Scott will shift back to left field and allow Burke to play center field, however manager Piniella is looking to give Scott a few days off coming up.

To make room for Burke on the roster, infielder Pablo Ozuna was optioned back to Iowa (AAA).

The Cubs are currently 17-13 and lead the Houston Astros by 1 game in the NL Central.

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