Jared Young is back in the major leagues.
The Chicago Cubs recalled the 28-year-old Prince George native on Tuesday from their Iowa triple-A affiliate.
An injury to infielder Nick Madrigal, who left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and was placed on the 10-day injury list, prompted the recall.
Since being returned to Iowa July 23, he’s been ripping it up in the International League. In mid-August, Young was selected for a league player of the week award while hitting six home runs in seven games.
Through 14 games in September, Young hit .345 with a .438 on-base percentage and .438 OPS (on-base plus slugging).
In 310 triple-A at-bats this season, he has a.310 batting average and .994 OPS with 21 home runs, 72 runs batted in and seven stolen bases.
Young batted .171 (6-for-35) with one home run in 13 games this season for Chicago.
He is expected to be used primarily as a pinch hitter as the Cubs try to nail down a wildcard playoff spot heading into the final two weeks of the season.
The Cubs will try to snap a five-game losing streak when they begin a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at Wrigley Field. Chicago hosts Colorado in a three-game set on the weekend.
They wrap up the regular season on the road next week in Atlanta and Milwaukee.
The Cubs are 78-72 and hold the third and final wildcard spot ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.
Young will be sporting a different uniform number now that Cubs pitcher Jose Cuas is wearing No. 74.