Cubs bring up IF/OF Junior Lake

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs recalled infielder/outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa Friday afternoon. He is slated to play center field and bat sixth in the Cubs second half opener in Colorado.

In 40 games at Iowa this season, the 23-year-old batted .295/.341/.462 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Originally signed as a nondrafted free agent in February 2007, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder reached Double-A for the first time in 2011, after earning Florida State League midseason All-Star honors with Single-A Daytona. Lake was also named to the 2011 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team. He spent all of last year in Tennessee, where he hit .279 with 10 homers, 26 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 50 RBI.

To make room for Lake, the Cubs placed outfielder Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain.

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