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Cubs put Koji Uehara on DL, recall Justin Grimm

Koji Uehara leaves Tuesday night's game after facing two batters in the seventh due to neck soreness. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Cubs have put relief pitcher Koji Uehara on the 10-day disabled list with neck soreness and recalled Justin Grimm from Class AAA Iowa.

Uehara left the Tuesday night’s game against the Giants because of stiffness on the lower right side of his neck after facing two batters in the seventh. He said after that he had been dealing with the injury for “several days.”

Manager Joe Maddon said rest for Uehara right now is essential so he can be ready to pitch later in the season.

“We just want to make sure we calm it down,” Maddon said. “He’s so important to us going forward — getting him right for the latter part of the season [and] looking to play in September and October.”

Uehara is 3-4 this season with a 3.55 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 38 innings.

Grimm is expected to arrive at the park today near game time and will be available to pitch in the Cubs game against the Giants. Grimm has a 5.18 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched in the majors this season.