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Cubs' Byrd Returns After Hit in Face With Pitch
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd, who missed six weeks after being hit in the face with a pitch, was activated off the 15-day disabled list and in the lineup against the White Sox.

Boston's Alfredo Aceves hit Byrd with a pitch below the left eye on May 21, causing multiple facial fractures. When Byrd first went to a hospital in Boston, he said he couldn't see.

But he returns to the Cubs following a four-game rehab assignment in Iowa. Byrd batted .267 with a homer and three RBI during his rehab stint and said he was hit with a pitch twice.

In 44 games with the Cubs this season, Byrd is batting .308 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. He was an All-Star last season.

To make room, the Cubs optioned outfielder Lou Montanez to Triple-A Iowa. He batted .239 with a homer and nine RBI in 25 games with the Cubs.

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