CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs activated third baseman Shane Andrews from the 60-day disabled list Friday before their doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

To make room for Andrews, the Cubs optioned infielder Chad Meyers to Triple-A Iowa.

``It feels like Christmas morning to me. I'm really excited,'' Andrews said. ``I always thought I would (be back), but in the back of your mind, you don't know for sure. I never had surgery before and I heard horror stories and good stories.''

Andrews had been on the disabled list since May 15 with a herniated disc in his lower back. He had surgery June 7 to remove the disc. The pain he had in his legs and backs ended with the surgery, and Andrews said he was swinging a bat six weeks later.

Getting his timing back has been the toughest thing. In a 15-game injury rehab at Triple-A Iowa, he hit .184 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He was hitting .212 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs before he went on the DL.

Meyers batted .200 with two RBIs in 24 games with the Cubs. He's expected to be recalled when rosters are expanded Sept. 1.