Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was hurt while diving for liner off the bat of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in the fifth inning of last night’s game. The ball ended up going for a two-run triple. Heyward tweaked his hamstring.
Heyward was able to walk off the field, but he left the game in favor of Alberto Almora. After the game Joe Maddon said Heyward will likely have to miss a couple of games, though they’ll also likely reevaluate him today after a night’s sleep to see if things are worse than they appear.
Heyward is hitting .275/.342/.399 with seven homers on the season, though he’s providing his usual solid defense. If he has to miss more than just those couple of games, the Cubs will certainly miss him.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: