Report: Chicago Cubs to promote OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa


The Chicago Cubs are planning to promote outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and join the team on Sunday after Dan Straily makes a spot start agains the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Szczur, 25, was hitting .315 since the Pacific Coast League’s All-Star break to raise his overall average to .261. He hit 16 doubles and 24 RBIs while stealing 30 bases for Iowa this season.

The Cape May, N.J. native, was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft after he won a national football title with Villanove University. He agreed to a $1.5 million bonus in 2011.

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