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Top Jason Heyward News

  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Heads to bench Sunday

    Heyward is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Heyward started the past six games and will take a seat after going 4-for-22 with a double, two RBI, three runs, a stolen base and seven strikeouts. Rafael Ortega will roam center field in his place while Frank Schwindel serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Steals first base of season

    Heyward went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Padres.

    The stolen base is the first of the season for Heyward, who hasn't done much with the bat, as evidenced by his .603 OPS, which would be a new career low. The veteran stole 20 or more bases in consecutive seasons back in 2014 and 2015, but he doesn't run nearly as much these days. Heyward recorded eight or fewer steals in each of the past five seasons, so don't expect too much more production in that category, despite the swipe Monday.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Sits again for nightcap

    Heyward will remain on the bench for the second part of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

    Heyward sat against lefty Clayton Kershaw in the first half of the doubleheader, and he'll remain on the bench against lefty Tyler Anderson in the nightcap. Michael Hermosillo will make another start in center field in Heyward's absence.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Sitting against southpaw

    Heyward isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

    Heyward has started exclusively against right-handed pitchers this year, and he'll retreat to the bench with southpaw Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers. Michael Hermosillo will start in center field and bat eighth.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Platoon role continues

    Heyward will sit Saturday against the Brewers.

    Heyward and Michael Hermosillo have been in a strict platoon in center field this season. With lefty Eric Lauer on the mound Saturday, Hermosillo will get the start.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Heyward is not in Tuesday's lineup against Atlanta.

    He'll head to the bench with lefty Max Fried on the hill for the opposition. Michael Hermosillo will start in center field and lead off.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Scores three times Saturday

    Heyward went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    The Cubs rolled to an easy 21-0 win, and Heyward got in on the fun with the three runs. The veteran outfielder came into the contest with three runs scored all season, and he's stuck on zero home runs and just two RBI, so he hasn't been particularly productive yet at the plate. Perhaps Saturday's effort will give him a little momentum.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Sits against left-hander

    Heyward isn't in the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

    Heyward started in the last three games, but he'll retreat to the bench with left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound Friday. Michael Hermosillo will start in center field and bat eighth.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Not starting Monday

    Heyward isn't starting Monday's game against the Rays.

    Heyward will be out of the lineup for a second straight day since left-hander Shane McClanahan is on the mound for the Rays. Michael Hermosillo will start in center field and bat eighth.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Tallies two hits Saturday

    Heyward went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

    The triple was the first of the season for Heyward, who is off to a strong start with a .333 average and .844 OPS through six games. The veteran outfielder batted just .214 in 2021 with a .627 OPS, both of which were career worsts. He might slow down from his current pace, but any kind of rebound in 2022 would be welcome.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Day off Sunday

    Heyward is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    With Colorado starting lefty Austin Gomber, Heyward and Rafael Ortega will both hit the bench, with Michael Hermosillo getting the start in center. Heyward may also sit in Monday's series opener against the Rays, as lefty Shane McClanahan is the scheduled starter, but the veteran should be back in the lineup sometime next week.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: On bench against southpaw

    Heyward isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rockies.

    Heyward appears to be in line for a platoon role early in the season, and he'll take a seat in Thursday's series opener in Colorado with southpaw Kyle Freeland on the mound for the Rockies. Michael Hermosillo will start in center field and bat seventh.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Sits against southpaw

    Heyward will be on the bench Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Reports from late in camp suggested Heyward could be in line for a platoon in center field, and the first four lineups of the season back up that idea. Heyward started in center against righties in the first three games of the year but will hit the bench Tuesday against Jose Quintana, the first lefty the Cubs have faced this season.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Starting in center again

    Heyward is starting in center field and batting seventh in Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    This will be the second start in center through two games for Heyward, with Rafael Ortega serving as the DH both times. It looks like the Cubs value Heyward's defense enough to make him a regular starter, though there will likely be days where Ortega slides over to center and Clint Frazier serves as the DH. Still, the early playing time is promising for the veteran Heyward.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Could platoon in center

    Heyward is an option to work in a center field platoon along with Michael Hermosillo and potentially Rafael Ortega, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    The arrival of Seiya Suzuki from Japan signaled the end of Heyward's time as the everyday right fielder, but he's capable of playing center as well. Ortega seemed like the favorite for playing time there after a strong 2021 campaign, but Heyward is a more veteran option, and both players bat from the left side. Hermosillo would give the Cubs an option from the other side of the plate. Until one of these players emerges with a more defined role, their fantasy outlooks all look a bit murky.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Triples, drives in one Wednesday

    Heyward went 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Athletics.

    The triple is a nice sign for Heyward, as the veteran outfielder only had two of them last season. The 32-year-old used to be a threat for 20 stolen bases and a handful of triples every year, but he's unsurprisingly slowed down some on the basepaths. Heyward may lose his everyday role in 2022 with Seiya Suzuki now in town, which caps the former's fantasy value for the time being.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Ready for work in center

    Heyward has worked some in center field to begin the spring due to the arrival of Seiya Suzuki, who will likely be the everyday right fielder, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Suzuki's deal is for five years and $85 million, so the Japanese import should play a ton. The veteran Heyward may not offer much with the bat any more, but his defensive prowess could still get him into the lineup. A shift to center field on a somewhat regular basis for Heyward would negatively impact Rafael Ortega's playing time, though the Cubs now have the universal DH to help loosen the outfield logjam.

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  • Cubs' Jason Heyward: Might lose playing time

    With the Cubs agreeing to a deal with Seiya Suzuki on Wednesday, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Heyward may see his playing time reduced this season.

    Rosenthal reports that the deal is for five years and $85 million, so the Cubs are paying Suzuki to be an everyday player. The Japanese 27-year-old is expected to see much of his time in right field, where he's able to deploy his strong throwing arm. That's where Heyward played exclusively in 2021, though the veteran has played some in center in the past. It seems more likely that Heyward, who posted just a .627 OPS last season, is relegated to more of a reserve role in 2022 at the age of 32.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ
Age: 32
Experience: 12
Bats/Throws: L, L