Cubs put starter John Lackey on 10-day disabled list

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Apr 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey (41) reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (not pictured) to end the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO – With the elevation of Kyle Schwarber to the Cubs from Triple-A, someone had to come off the big league roster to make room.

That ends up being a Cubs starter who has struggled over the past month.

Mentioned by the pitcher himself during his postgame news conference on Wednesday, the Cubs placed pitcher John Lackey on the 10-day DL on Thursday with Plantar Facsciitis.

In his second year with the Cubs, Lackey has struggled to find a rhythm, going 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA, allowing a major-league high 24 homers this season. June was a particularly rough month for Lackey, who surrendered 11 homers while going 1-4 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA.

Lackey disclosed that he’d had some issues with his foot after his six-inning outing against the Rays on Wednesday when he allowed three runs on six hits.