Heyward is not in the lineup for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Rockies. Heyward will head to the bench for Tuesday's win-or-go-home contest as manager Joe Maddon stacks right-handed hitters against lefty Kyle Freeland. The outfielder hit .270/.335/.395 with eight homers in 127 games during the regular season and will be available off the bench. Albert Almora gets the start in center field.
Heyward is out of the starting nine versus the Pirates on Thursday. Heyward will receive a breather after going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI during Wednesday's victory. Ian Happ will give him a spell in center field for the series finale. Look for Heyward to return to the lineup Friday.
Heyward went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-inning win over the Pirates. His two-run shot in the first inning off Ivan Nova was Heyward's eighth homer of the year, but his first in over two months. Barring a very productive final few games, the 29-year-old will fail to reach double digits in that category for the second time in the last three years.
Heyward is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the White Sox. Heyward returned from a hamstring issue Tuesday and has since started three of five games. Albert Almora will man center field Sunday, with Ian Happ in right.
Heyward is not in the lineup against Arizona on Wednesday. Heyward will take a seat after going 1-for-2 with a double and one run scored during his return to the lineup Tuesday. That marked his first taste of game action since Aug. 30, so don't be surprised to see manager Joe Maddon give Heyward regular time off as the regular season winds down. Albert Almora will patrol center field and bat atop Chicago's order.