Cubs Activate Nico Hoerner, Jake Arrieta Off 10-Day IL

Hoerner, Arrieta return to lineup Friday vs. Tigers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs activated two key contributors off the 10-day injured list Friday in infielder Nico Hoerner and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

In corresponding moves, the Cubs sent reliever Jason Adam and outfielder Nick Martini to Triple-A.

Hoerner is in Friday's lineup vs. the Tigers at second base, hitting eighth, and Arrieta will start.

Hoerner (left forearm strain) and Arrieta (cut on right thumb) hit the IL earlier this month, retroactive to May 3. The former sustained his injury in a collision with center fielder Ian Happ on May 2 in Cincinnati. 

Happ later hit the IL with rib bruising.

Arrieta pitched through the cut in his most recent start, April 30 against the Reds, but was hampered. He tried to throw a bullpen on May 3 but said he was unable to apply the necessary pressure on his pitches.

Hoerner has started strong since the Cubs recalled him from the minor leagues April 22. In 11 games, he's hitting .389/.500/.556.

Arrieta allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in that start against the Reds but has otherwise been the Cubs' most consistent starting pitcher. He holds a 2.57 ERA with three quality starts in his other five outings.

Hoerner and Arrieta's returns provide the Cubs with reinforcements amid a flurry of injuries. Happ and Jake Marisnick (hamstring strain) are on the IL. Javy Báez has been dealing with back tightness but is in Friday's lineup.

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