Cubs officially activate C Ross, LHP Richard; place RHP Cahill on DL, option IF Kawasawki

The Chicago Cubs activated catcher David Ross off of the seven-day concussion disabled list and activated left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard off of the 15-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 9) with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, and infielder Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. In addition, right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta has cleared waivers and elected free agency.

Both Ross and Richard will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field.

Ross, 39, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on July 6. He is batting .234 (25 for 107) with six homers and 23 RBI in 43 games.  He leads the majors with a 2.65 catchers ERA.

Richard, 32, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 21 with a blister on his left middle finger. He made four rehab starts as part of his return, combining to go 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. In the majors this season, Richard has gone 0-1 with one save and a 7.30 ERA (10 ER/12.1 IP) in 22 relief outings for the Cubs.

Cahill, 28, has gone 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA (14 ER/41 IP) in 33 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Kawasaki, 35, is batting .267 (55 for 206) with nine doubles, one triple and 11 stolen bases in 62 games with Iowa this season. He has hit .333 (1 for 3) in three games during his pair of stints with the Cubs this season.

Peralta, 40, went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs.

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