Cubs Get Bad News on Jason Heyward Injury Update
One player who has been having a rough go throughout the 2021 MLB season is Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward. The five-time Gold Glove winner has been dealing with a hand injury lately, which has played a part in him having issues hitting the ball. When Heyward exited the game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night, fans thought he may have reaggravated the injury. Unfortunately, it looks like it's something more.
The Cubs received bad news in an injury update Wednesday that revealed that Heyward left the game with hamstring tightness, according to NBC Sports' Tim Stebbins. Considering that the Cubs are in danger of slipping below a .500 record, this injury couldn't have come at a worse time.
Jason Heyward Injury Update
The Cubs are currently 21-21, 3.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central. Chicago has the chance to make up some ground on St. Louis this week as the two teams are set to start a three-game series on Friday night. If Heyward is back in the lineup by then, the Cubs hope that he snaps out of whatever funk he's in right now.
The 31-year-old outfielder is having a disappointing time at the plate this season. While he has 4 home runs and 13 RBIs through 126 at-bats, he's slashing at a disappointing .183/.254/.341. He's also struck out 34 times in 2021, which is just five fewer than what he finished with last season in 147 at-bats. Heyward can't continue on this pace if he wants to keep his spot in Chicago's outfield.
The Cubs are currently a World Series long shot at +6000 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Needless to say that if the team wants to avoid slipping below .500, Heyward is going to need to come back healthy and play better than he already has.
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