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Cubs place reliever Boxberger on 15-day IL with right forearm strain

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed reliever Brad Boxberger on the 15-day injured list on Saturday with a right forearm strain.

Chicago also recalled right-hander Keegan Thompson from Triple-A Iowa before its game against Colorado. Thompson is 2-2 with a save and a 4.71 ERA in 19 appearances with the Cubs this season.

Boxberger finalized a $2.8 million, one-year contract with Chicago in December, but he had trouble staying healthy for much of the season.

The 35-year-old Boxberger also was placed on the 15-day IL on May 15 with a right forearm strain. He was activated on Sept. 8 and got into five games this month before landing on the IL again.

The right-hander is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.95 ERA in 22 games on the year. He had a 3.34 ERA in 71 appearances with Milwaukee in 2021 and went 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 70 games with the Brewers last year.

Chicago has been hit hard by injuries as it fights for an NL wild card down the stretch.

Closer Adbert Alzolay, who is on the IL with a right forearm strain, had a bullpen session on Friday that went well. He was slated to play catch on Saturday.

Infielder Jeimer Candelario, who was acquired in a trade with Washington on July 31, has resumed baseball activities. He is on the IL with a low back strain.