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.
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.