Cubs Injury Update: Heyward Taking Batting Practice, Eyeing Return This Week; Zobrist & Jay Available if Needed

Jason Heyward hasn’t played since May 5th, but it sounds like he is nearing a return. According to Carrie Muskat, Heyward will be taking batting practice at Wrigley Field and is hoping to return later this week.

Heyward has been dealing with an injured finger he hurt while sliding into a base. His absence from the lineup has led Joe Maddon to come up with some creative combinations in the outfield. Tonight we’ll see how the Schwarber/Happ/Bryant outfield combination goes (lineup here). On paper, it’s a pretty nice mix out there although the defense certainly takes a hit without Heyward.

In addition, Jon Jay and Ben Zobrist could also be available tonight, if needed.The preference is to get Zobrist a little more rest if possible, so don’t expect to see him tonight unless he’s needed in a pinch.

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Corey Freedman

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