Heyward will likely hit sixth most games when the 2020 season is able to begin, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Heyward found some success when hitting lower in the order last year but struggled when the team moved him to leadoff, as the veteran outfielder posted a .147/.277/.295 slash line in 25 games batting first between August and September. Kris Bryant has been designated as the team's leadoff hitter heading into 2020, so perhaps Heyward can get into a groove again while locked into a more comfortable lineup position.
Heyward is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cardinals. The Cubs essentially shut Heyward down for the year when they were eliminated from playoff contention. Nico Hoerner is starting in center field and hitting seventh.
Heyward remains on the bench Saturday against the Cardinals. Heyward sits for the third straight contest as the Cubs have seemingly elected to rest him with nothing left to play for. Ian Happ gets the start in center field.
Heyward is not starting Thursday against the Pirates. With no chance left at making the playoffs, the Cubs are turning to a majority of reserves in Thursday's series finale. Heyward will head to the bench as Tony Kemp, Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ man the outfield.
Heyward is not starting Friday against the Pirates. Heyward started the last five games and went 8-for-17 with three homers and two doubles in that stretch, but he'll take a seat Friday with lefty Steven Brault on the mound for Pittsburgh. Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting eighth in his place.