Happ went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Reds. Getting the start in center field and hitting ninth, Happ played hero with a seventh-inning blast -- his 15th home run of the year and only his fourth in 49 games since the All-Star break. Despite a woeful .190/.307/.349 second-half slash line, the 24-year-old will likely see at least semi-regular playing time to close out the regular season with Jason Heyward (hamstring) and Kyle Schwarber (back) both currently sidelined.
Happ is out of the starting nine against the Brewers on Wednesday. Happ will head to the bench for the series finale after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Tuesday. In his place, Albert Almora will roam center field and bat sixth.
Happ is not starting Monday against the Brewers. Happ doesn't have any one spot locked down in the Cubs' outfield, but he'd nevertheless managed to start seven of the last nine games prior to Monday's contest. Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist will be the Cubs' outfielders for the key divisional matchup.
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Washington. Happ started both ends of Saturday's doubleheader and went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts, so he finds himself on the bench Sunday. Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist will man the outfield for the Cubs.
Happ is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals. Happ will retreat to the bench for Thursday's series opener after going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Brewers. The outfielder has alternated starts with Albert Almora over the past four games, with Almora getting the nod in this one. The two figure to compete for playing time until Jason Heyward (hamstring) returns to action.
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