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Jason Heyward exits game with left hand abrasion

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Cubs’ right fielder Jason Heyward left Sunday’s game with a left hand abrasion, according to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. Heyward was injured in the second inning while making a sliding catch on the warning track, and underwent treatment on his wrist before taking the field again in the third. He left the game after his final at-bat in the bottom of the third inning and was replaced by Kyle Schwarber, who took over in left field while Jon Jay shifted to right. The club has yet to release a timetable for Heyward’s return.

Heyward, 27, went 0-for-2 against the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon during the series finale. Entering Sunday, he carried a .260/.318/.403 batting line with six home runs and a .721 OPS through his first 215 PA. He recently recovered from a sprained finger on his right hand, which he suffered while diving for another ball during a game against the Yankees last month.

The Cubs currently lead the Pirates 7-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Schwarber went 1-for-3 at the plate, collecting his tenth double of the year off of Wade LeBlanc in the seventh.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.