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No timetable for Jason Heyward’s return after concussion

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Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is eligible to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list when the team hits the road on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon told reporters there’s no concrete timetable for his return to the field just yet. Heyward suffered a concussion after crashing into the wall on an attempted home run catch during last Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals.

This is the first serious injury the veteran outfielder has sustained during the 2018 season, and obviously one that still requires a certain degree of caution. He’s batting an underwhelming .227/.315/.340 with six extra-base hits and a .656 OPS through his first 113 plate appearances of the season, a significant regression from the .293-average, 5.6-fWAR totals he posted several years ago.

In the absence of their starting right fielder, the Cubs will likely continue to roll with Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist in the corner spot. Both players have impressed so far this spring; Bryant slashed .294/.433/.597 with seven homers and an NL-best 1.030 OPS in 150 PA, while Zobrist maintained a .309/.378/.420 batting line through 90 PA this spring, despite putting up just five extra bases and one home run so far. Heyward is still expected to travel with the team during their eight-game road trip, however, so he’ll be available to slot into the lineup just as soon as the team feels he’s ready to do so.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.