Hey­ward im­prov­ing af­ter scare

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER rdorsey@suntimes.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

The Cubs re­ceived good news Mon­day, as right fielder Ja­son Hey­ward was feel­ing bet­ter af­ter be­ing re­moved from Sun­day’s game against the Cardinals.

Hey­ward came out in the fifth in­ning of an even­tual 7-3 loss af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing light­head­ed­ness and short­ness of breath. He was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, where he un­der­went a va­ri­ety of tests, in­clud­ing tests for COVID-19.

Man­ager David Ross said Hey­ward was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Sun­day night and has not tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

“I talked to him [Sun­day] night and [Mon­day] morn­ing — seems to be feel­ing much bet­ter,” Ross said be­fore the Cubs’ 5-1 win in the se­ries fi­nale Mon­day. “Got a cou­ple more tests to go [Tues­day], but right now, ev­ery­thing seems to be on the up-and-up . . . . He seems to be OK.”

Hey­ward has been the Cubs’ sec­ond-best hit­ter this sea­son, be­hind cen­ter fielder Ian Happ, with a .300/.415/.540 slash line, five homers and 17 RBI in 35 games.

Chat­wood, Quin­tana com­ing along

Right-han­der Tyler Chat­wood and left-han­der Jose Quin­tana are pro­gress­ing from their re­spec­tive in­juries, with Chat­wood be­gin­ning his throw­ing pro­gram Mon­day and Quin­tana start­ing his Tues­day.

Chat­wood was placed on the 10-day in­jured list Sept. 1 with a strained right fore­arm, while Quin­tana went on IL the next day with in­flam­ma­tion in his left lat.

Flurry of ros­ter moves

The Cubs added in­fielder Ilde­maro

Var­gas to the ac­tive ros­ter be­fore Mon­day’s game and claimed fleet-footed out­fielder Billy Hamil­ton off waivers from the Mets, op­tion­ing left-han­der

Matt Der­mody and des­ig­nat­ing him for as­sign­ment to make room for Hamil­ton on the 40-man ros­ter.

The Cubs also made the sign­ing of long­time re­liever Pe­dro Strop of­fi­cial. He will re­port to al­ter­nate site South Bend. Right-han­der Dun­can Robin­son was added to the 60-man ros­ter and also will re­port to South Bend.

Catcher Jose Lo­ba­ton, who was in South Bend on a mi­nor-league deal, was re­leased.

The 60-man player pool now stands at 59 play­ers — 28 ac­tive play­ers on the ma­jor-league ros­ter (plus three play­ers on the 10-day IL), plus Hamil­ton and 27 other play­ers in South Bend.


Team­mates con­grat­u­late Javy Baez (right) af­ter he scored on Will­son Con­tr­eras’ two-run sin­gle in the fifth in­ning Mon­day at Wrigley Field.

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