Cubs add more offensive firepower, bring back a fan favorite from Triple-A Iowa

Patrick Wisdom got off to a hot start this season and could help add more power to the lineup with Seiya Suzuki sidelined and some key contributors off to a cold start.
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In the early going, the Chicago Cubs have routinely massacred left-handed pitching and, with the addition of Patrick Wisdom back into the mix, that lineup only gets more dangerous for opposing southpaws.

Wisdom, who has amassed 76 home runs over the last three seasons, was spotted at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon - all but ensuring he'll be back in the Cubs lineup this weekend against the Marlins.

Patrick Wisdom returns to the Cubs after a scorching start at Iowa

The 32-year-old got off to a hot start at Triple-A Iowa as he worked his way back from a back injury, posting a 1.417 OPS in nine games, hitting three home runs and driving in 10. Perhaps even more encouraging, though, were his strikeout-to-walk numbers. The free-swinging Wisdom drew eight walks to go with his dozen punchouts (although, admittedly, that still works out to a 33% strikeout rate).

There are few players in the game today with as much raw power as Wisdom. But as his glovework trended in the wrong direction and the holes in his game at the plate were exposed last year, he moved into more of a platoon/bench role under David Ross. The result? More favorable matchups and a jump of over 200 points comparing his pre and post-All-Star break performance.

Wisdom has seen time in the outfield during the last week in Iowa, which is where he'll likely figure into the team's plans in the short term, with Seiya Suzuki out for the next month with an oblique injury. We haven't seen the corresponding roster move just yet, but we'll update this post when we have more.