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Cubs put Jason Heyward on seven-day concussion injured list

Heyward took a knee to the head Saturday against the Giants before leaving the game.


PHILADELPHIA — The Cubs put outfielder Jason Heyward on the seven-day concussion injured list before their game Tuesday against the Phillies.

Heyward was injured when he took a knee to the head from Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford while sliding into third base Saturday. He got medical attention on the field before leaving the game.

Heyward has been dealing with several symptoms, including nausea, since the weekend. Manager David Ross dealt with concussions throughout his career and knows how serious they can be for a player.

‘‘He’s banged up,’’ Ross said. ‘‘I think it’s concerning, and . . . I mean, it’s a sensitive topic for me. But I think that the trainers and the doctors and everybody’s on board.

‘‘He’s just a little foggy, and there’s some nausea in there in moments, which is the scary part, you know? Some stuff we talked about. I don’t go into too much detail, but . . . we’re gonna just make sure he’s OK.’’

The Cubs selected the contract of outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Iowa to take Heyward’s place on the roster. Thompson, 30, who made his major-league debut with the White Sox in 2015, hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since 2018. He’s slashing .235/.344/.483 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI in the minors this season.

To make room for Thompson on the 40-man roster, the Cubs moved outfielder Michael Hermosillo (strained left forearm) to the 60-day IL.

Thompson getting close

Right-hander Keegan Thompson threw another bullpen session Tuesday. Thompson, who is on the 10-day IL with fatigue in his right shoulder, appears ready to come off the IL sooner than later.

‘‘He threw a pen today and looked really good,’’ Ross said. ‘‘Kind of did a little mini-sim game in the bullpen. [We] had him up and down for two innings. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there.’’

Thompson is 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 30 games (four starts) this season.

Heyward a Clemente Award finalist

Heyward was named the Cubs’ finalist for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award. (Major League Baseball announced a finalist for every team.) Heyward has been a major contributor in Chicago communities since he arrived in November 2015.

In August, Heyward and his wife, Vedrana, helped break ground on a 150,000-square-foot facility in the Austin neighborhood. The facility will house the Jason Heyward Baseball Academy.