At long last, Jason Heyward is back on the active roster after missing just over two weeks with a mild hamstring strain – that’s a relative lightning fast return, and here’s hoping he’s got some tips that Pedro Strop can use. (Note, his strain was dubbed “moderate,” though, not “mild.”)
With rosters expanded in September, there is no need for a corresponding move, and, partly for that reason, you shouldn’t immediately assume that Heyward is available for a full slate of duties. He is not starting today, but could contribute in some way off the bench – again, in September, you have the luxury of activating a guy even if he’s able to contribute in only specific ways. It could be as a pinch hitter, or, if he’s feeling pretty darn good out there, as a late-inning defensive sub.
In any case, this is a step in the direction of having Heyward available at full-go, and, with a couple weeks left in the season, that’s great timing. Guys are worn down, and everybody will need a break here and there. So, having one more guy to rotate around can only help.