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.
Last month, Mariners former director of high performance, Dr. Lorena Martin, was dismissed from the club after the first year of her three-year contract. She made serious allegations of racism and sexism against the Mariners in the days that followed, all of which have been the subject of multiple investigations by the team itself as well as Major League Baseball. On Friday evening, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic published an email that had purportedly been sent to Mariners staff members by CEO John Stanton.
The email itself was printed here in full (subscription required) and basically rehashes everything the Mariners said in an official statement on Monday: That the team continues to deny allegations of racist and sexist behavior by general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais, and farm director Andy McKay because they are “completely inconsistent with who they are and what the Seattle Mariners stand for.”
Stanton added that no one had stepped forward to corroborate Martin’s accusations so far, and also went out of his way to mention that he had never personally observed members of the Mariners personnel “making disparaging, racist or sexist comments” during two trips to the Dominican Republic. The email concluded with an invitation for other staff members to speak up if they had any differing experiences or concerns about the team.
According to multiple reports from the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, among other outlets, Martin has yet to reveal a number of incriminating emails she claimed to have in her possession, nor has any staff member publicly supported her previous statements on her wrongful termination or the toxic culture within the club. That doesn’t mean, however, that the allegations she made against the Mariners are false, just as Stanton’s claim that he never personally witnessed instances of racism and sexism within the organization doesn’t mean that racist and sexist statements and actions were never made. As Bill pointed out, Martin has likely burned all bridges within the organization and, more significantly, throughout the league as well. It stands to reason that others would feel hesitant to come forward in light of the harsh ramifications that typically await whistleblowers in this kind of situation.
We’ll update this story as it continues to develop.