The news on the Chicago Cubs Jason Heyward was better than expected as he’ll miss just 3-5 days. Matt Szczur was recalled while Neil Ramirez was DFA’d.
The fear that ran through Chicago Cubs nation can now subside a bit as the MRI results for Jason Heyward show just a contusion near his ribs. But with that news, he still will miss 3-5 days. Matt Szczur’s rehab was cut short as he was recalled and Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment.
Ramirez was out of options and was a late add to the roster coming out of camp. After so many shoulder issues the Cubs hoped he would regain some of his velocity. Even then, his stuff can be downright nasty but he’s struggled to make his way this season appearing in just eight games. With his past injury history there is a chance he could go unclaimed and report to Iowa, so here’s to hoping.
The speculation had run rampant on Heyward since the injury, as him missing time long-term could have been difficult for the Cubs to overcome as they’re already without Kyle Schwarber. Szczur will give the Cubs a “regular” bench as the bullpen will have to work a man short. It’s unknown if Heyward will be available to pinch-hit during that 3-5 day window, but it’s highly unlikely.
Be sure to check out our pregame coverage of tonight’s game, as well as our interview with ESPN Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech as we talked about Heyward, the playoff possibilities for the Giants and Cubs and more which will be coming up soon.