The Chicago Cubs have been hit hard with injuries to their outfielders in the past month. David DeJesus was placed on the disabled list on June 15th with a shoulder strain. Ryan Sweeney crashed into the outfield wall and fractured his ribs on June 29th and Brian Bogusevic went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. So, the Cubs quietly recalled Junior Lake in desperation last week to play centerfield until DeJesus returns from the disabled list in the next week. On Tuesday night, Lake went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. In his first 5 games, Lake is 12-for-22 .545/.864/.565 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Remind you of anyone? Yasiel Puig went 8-for-19 (.421) with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in his first five games with the Dodgers. The sample size is very small for Lake and regression is surely coming, but so far Lake is proving he deserves to be playing even when DeJesus is activated from the disabled list.
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