<
>

Marlon Byrd returns to lineup

Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's 1-0 loss against the White Sox. In a corresponding roster move, outfielder Luis Montanez was sent back to the minors.

Byrd said he's ready for the return to the lineup after a successful rehab assignment.

"If I would have went [on rehab] the first day and scuffled, I knew it would have been a long road [back]," he said. "But [the] first two days felt good and yesterday and the day before I felt great at the plate. ... I'm ready."

Byrd was hit in the face by a pitch from Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves on May 21. He suffered multiple facial fractures as a result of the incident. Byrd will wear a specially designed batting helmet for the rest of the season that helps protect his face, thanks to a plastic faceguard that extends from the ear.

"It's comfortable," Byrd said. "It doesn't get in the way or anything, so I can wear it."

Byrd is batting .308 (53-for-172) with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 44 games this season. He batted sixth Saturday and was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Information from ESPNChicago.com's Sahadev Sharma was used in this report.