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Cubs’ Jason Heyward injures hamstring on diving play, timeline uncertain

Heyward left Thursday night's game in Atlanta after this play in the fifth inning.

ATLANTA — Just as the Cubs were getting ready to celebrate the return of several key players from the disabled list, Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward left Thursday night’s game with a right hamstring injury.

And his return likely will be measured in weeks, not days.

“Let’s wait till [Friday] to really call it,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s seen a doctor here, but I’m sure they’re going to have to do some tests, and then we’ll be more specific. But you’re not going to see him play tomorrow or the next day.”

If Heyward goes on the 10-day DL, the Cubs can add a player Friday before rosters expand Saturday.

Although Kris Bryant is expected to join the team Friday in Philadelphia after finishing his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday, the Cubs more likely would look to add a pitcher to reinforce a bullpen that pitched 10 2/3 innings the last two days.

Heyward was injured during the Braves’ three-run fifth inning when he made a diving attempt in center field to snare Freddie Freeman’s two-run triple. He walked off the field without help, which Maddon called a good sign.


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