Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward exited Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a left hand abrasion. While Heyward made his premature departure in the bottom half of the fourth inning, he was replaced in the Cubs’ lineup by slugger Kyle Schwarber.
It is also worth noting that fellow outfielder Jon Jay moved from left to right field as Schwarber entered the game as a left fielder on the defensive end.
The 27-year-old Heyward received treatment on his left wrist following a slide on the warning track in foul territory back in the second inning. Despite remaining in the game for another few innings, he was presumably unable to play through the pain any longer. However, the Cubs currently own a 4-0 lead over the Pirates as Chicago manager Joe Maddon could have simply removed his starting right fielder as a precaution.
Making his 55th appearance of the 2017 regular season on Sunday afternoon against the rival Pirates, Heyward is currently batting .258 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in addition to a .315 on-base percentage. Now in the midst of his second season in the “Windy City” as a member of the Cubs, the veteran outfielder struggled mightily in 2016 en route to a .230 batting average, seven home runs, 49 RBIs and a .306 on-base percentage over the course of 142 regular-season appearances.
Previously a member of the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, Heyward owns a career batting average of .262 alongside 110 home runs, 430 RBIs and a .344 on-base percentage.