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Chicago Cubs call up Jared Young

Former Prince George Knight joins Cubs at Wrigley Field to begin series against Philadelphia
Jarred Young of Prince George walks into Wrigley Field after getting called up this week to the Chicago Cubs.

Jared Young had a day off Monday, getting set to leave with his Iowa Cubs for a five-game series that starts Wednesday in Omaha.

Or so he thought.

The 27-year-old Prince George native was three holes into his golf game on the course in Des Moines, Iowa when his phone rang. It was his Iowa manager, Marty Peavy, calling to say the Chicago Cubs wanted him to catch the next plane to Chicago.

He packed up and arrived in Chicago later Monday and is with the Cubs as they get set to begin a three-game series at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The second call-up to the major leagues in Young’s six year professional baseball career was Young’s reward for setting a torrid base with his bat the past month playing for the triple-A Cubs.

Last September, Young became the first baseball player from Prince George ever to play in the majors when he got the call to play at Wrigley Field against the Colorado Rockies.

In a six-game stint with Chicago he had five hits, including two doubles, for a .263 batting average.

He ended the season in Iowa with another walk-off home run.

The Cubs continue their homestand Friday with a three-game set against Cleveland, then travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers starting next Monday.

Then it’s off to New York for a weekend series against the Yankees that wraps up on Sunday, July 9, which is Young’s 28th birthday.

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