A week ago, today, Dexter Fowler hit a walk-off home run against the Cubs at Busch Stadium, which led right fielder Jason Heyward back to the wall in an attempt to rob it and save the game.
Here’s what it looked like (sorry to make you re-live the moment):
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 7, 2018
As you can see, Heyward crashed into the wall fairly hard on that play, and, as it turns out, that extra effort landed him on the 7-day Concussion DL. As the name implies, Heyward’s DL stint is up tomorrow, but apparently he’s not yet ready to return:
#Cubs Heyward eligible to be activated from DL on Monday but he's not ready yet. On concussion DL
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 13, 2018
Jason Heyward won't come off the concussion DL when he is eligible on Monday though Joe Maddon says he's progressing in his recovery. He will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip. Heyward was injured when he hit the wall a week ago in St…. https://t.co/seSRluZ1lV
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) May 13, 2018
It’d be inappropriate to speculate, so I won’t, but I will say this isn’t the most pleasant news. You never want to see guys take longer than the minimum for any injury, but when it’s head-related stuff, it just makes you a little more nervous. Here’s hoping the Cubs are just being *especially* cautious with Heyward given that the team is playing well right now in any case, and we’ll see him back later in the week.
Keep in mind, there will be other roster moves coming after tomorrow, as Yu Darvish will come off the DL to start on Tuesday, so there will be some movement regardless of when precisely Heyward returns.
In the meantime, Ben Zobrist will continue getting starts out in right against righties, and I suspect we’ll see a little more Kris Bryant out there, as well. Meanwhile, David Bote is taking Heyward’s spot on the roster/bench, and he’s done well in limited duty.