Cubs put SS Dansby Swanson on IL, activate OF Seiya Suzuki

The Chicago Cubs placed shortstop Dansby Swanson on the 10-day injured list prior to Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and activated outfielder Seiya Suzuki off the same list.

Swanson, 30, sprained his right knee earlier this week, and the move was retroactive to Wednesday. Suzuki had been sidelined with a right oblique strain.

Swanson is batting just .209 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 37 games this season. He is in his second season with the Cubs after spending seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

A two-time All-Star, Swanson has a .252 career average with 128 homers and 503 RBIs in 1,011 games.

"At this point in the year, grinding through four and a half months of this just doesn't make sense," Cubs manager Craig Counsell said of Swanson. "So the hope is that with a little break here, he can have this behind him and not have it be an issue for the rest of the season."

Suzuki, 29, went on the injured list April 15. He is batting .305 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 15 games this season.

Now in his third season in Chicago, Suzuki has a .277 average with 37 homers and 133 RBIs in 264 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.