Cubs remember red-hot OF Pete Crow-Armstrong from Triple-A Iowa

MILWAUKEE – Chicago Cubs outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong is back in the Majors after suffering a tear during a brief minor league assignment.

The Cubs announced before their Thursday afternoon game with the Milwaukee Brewers that they had recalled Crow-Armstrong and selected infielder Luis Vázquez to Triple-A Iowa.

Crow-Armstrong, 22, is considered an excellent defender and one of the Cubs’ top players. He has hit .236 with a .295 on-base percentage, one homer, nine RBI and five steals in 23 games with Chicago this season.

After being sent to the minors, Crow-Armstrong got fired up in Iowa. He was named the International League Player of the Week for May 21-26 after going 12-for-27 with three home runs, 10 runs, four doubles, seven RBI and five steals during a six-game series against Indianapolis.

“He definitely had a good stretch of 10 games and 10 days,” Cubs manager Craig Counsell said.

For the season, Crow-Armstrong has hit .255 with a .299 on-base percentage, five home runs, 14 RBI and 10 steals in 26 games with Iowa.

Crow-Armstrong was in the Cubs’ starting lineup at eighth and played center field on Thursday. Counsell stopped short of using Crow-Armstrong as the Cubs’ primary center fielder, noting that “I think Pete needs to earn playing time.”

“There will be days when Pete doesn’t play,” Counsell said. “We’ve obviously made Pete part of this and I think it gives us some more choices as the game goes on. That will evolve.”

Counsell said Crow-Armstrong’s return meant Cody Bellinger could play different positions at times. Bellinger made his sixth start at DH on Thursday. Bellinger has also started 35 games in center field and one each in right field and first base this year.

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