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Cubs place Reed Johnson on DL, activate Geovany Soto

May 29, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park Reuters

The Cubs had a busy little Sunday morning, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, making four 25-man roster moves.

Outfielder Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, catcher Geovany Soto was activated from the 15-day disabled list, outfielder Brad Snyder was called up from Triple-A Iowa and catcher Welington Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Got all that?

Johnson has hit .367/.435/.633 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 69 plate appearances this season for Chicago. He saw a bump in playing time when Marlon Byrd went down with facial fractures and had been performing at a high level both offensively and defensively. The Cubs will have a tough time getting production from center field with both now sidelined.

Soto has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a strained muscle in his left groin. He will return to a .226/.322/.387 batting line, three home runs and 12 RBI, accomplished in 31 games.

  1. cup0pizza - May 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    The Cubbies crack me up. Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic year after year after year.

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