The Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, per a team announcement. He’s expected to be made available off the bench as the club goes for the sweep against the Reds, though it might be a while longer before he’s cleared to make another start in the outfield.
It’s been over two weeks since Heyward last appeared for the Cubs. He sustained a right hamstring injury on a diving play in the outfield last month and has been slowly working his way back to full strength ever since. As the team is currently on the cusp of postseason contention, it makes sense that they’d approach Heyward’s recovery process with some measure of caution in order to keep him healthy for their run in October.
Heyward, 29, is rounding out his third full season in Chicago. In what has been his most valuable season with the team to date, he’s maintained a .275/.342/.399 batting line with 32 extra-base hits and a .740 OPS through 451 plate appearances.