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• Wright, on paternity leave, welcomed daughter Harlem Rose on Tuesday in Chicago. Wright left San Francisco late Monday to be with his wife, Sherell, for the birth of their second child. Wright was expected to rejoin the Cubs on Friday in Milwaukee for the start of a three-game series. The lefty has held right-handed hitters to a .154 average, second-lowest mark in the Major Leagues.

• Reliever Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, was getting close to making a rehab outing, Renteria said Wednesday.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, sidelined since May 3 with a right hamstring strain, was running 75 to 80 percent and had no tightness or soreness. There was no timetable for his return.

Both Strop and Sweeney were rehabbing at the Cubs' complex in Mesa, Ariz.

• Parker, called up to take Wright's spot in the bullpen, landed in San Francisco around 6:30 p.m. PT, reached the ballpark by the fourth inning and was called on to pitch in the seventh.

"It's not the first time I've done that," Parker said. "You're always ready and expect to pitch every day when you get called up. It took me some extra stretching."

He faced four batters in the seventh and gave up a single.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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