CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today activated outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Matt Murton to Triple-A Iowa.

Soriano returns after straining his right calf at the end of the top of the first inning on April 15 and landing on the disabled list the next day. His stay on the disabled list lasted the minimum 15 days and did not include a rehab assignment. Soriano is batting .175 (10-for-57) with two home runs and five RBI in his first 13 games this season.

Murton, who was recalled from Triple-A on April 19, batted .214 (3-for-14) with four RBI in eight games with the Cubs. He is hitting .317 with five runs scored and two RBI with 10 walks to contribute to a .462 on-base percentage in 13 games with Iowa this season.

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