Happ is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. With nothing left to play for during the regular season, the Cubs will give many of their regulars the day off. Happ could have probably used another day off anyway as he's been nursing a minor ankle injury this week. Billy Hamilton will man center field and lead off against right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.
Happ (ankle) is starting in center field and batting leadoff Friday against the White Sox. The 26-year-old was withheld from Thursday's lineup after tweaking his ankle Wednesday, but his quick return to the lineup confirms it's a minor issue. Happ has a .138/.233/.169 slash line and 35.6 percent strikeout rate over his past 17 games and will look to bust out of the slump in the Cubs' final series of the regular season.
Happ, who is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates, tweaked his ankle in Wednesday's game, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The Cubs say that they just want to make sure Happ is 100 percent before deploying him, but it's worth noting he is also hitting .138/.233/.169 with a 35.6 percent strikeout rate and zero home runs over his last 65 at-bats, so his playing time may have been trending down slightly anyway. Once he is deemed fully healthy, he should get the bulk of the starts in center field. Cameron Maybin is getting the start in center Thursday.
Happ is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates. He has cooled off at the plate, hitting .138/.233/.169 with a 35.6 percent strikeout rate and zero home runs over his last 65 at-bats. Cameron Maybin will start in center field and bat fifth.
Happ is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Saturday's game against the Twins. Happ got Friday's game off, with Cameron Maybin getting the nod in center against left hander Rich Hill, but the former returns to the lineup Saturday. Happ has a strong .941 OPS on the season, though he's slumped over his last 11 games with a .455 OPS.