CHICAGO -- Just as the Chicago Cubs add a couple of big names to their lineup, they're missing a few others.
Catcher Willson Contreras was activated from the injured list Tuesday night and homered in the first at-bat of his return to the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners. He was joined in the lineup by Ben Zobrist, who hadn't played since May 6 as he dealt with marital issues. Zobrist finished the night 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and a strikeout in a 6-1 victory.
"It was great having Zo and obviously Contreras back, too,'' said Kyle Schwarber, who went 3-for-3 with his team-high 33rd homer. "Benny at the top of the lineup, seeing a lot of pitches up there, and Contreras having a lot of good at-bats.''
Contreras, 27, has been out a month with a hamstring injury that occurred as he was running to first base in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 3. The fiery catcher led off the second with a shot to left-center for his 20th homer, then threw his bat toward the ground as the crowd roared.
"It was a special moment for me because I know that I got hurt a month ago and battled my way back,'' Contreras said.
He played three games at Triple-A Iowa in a rehab stint, going 1-for-7.
Contreras has had a rebound season, compiling an .890 OPS as a fixture in the middle of the Cubs' lineup.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.