Cubs Roster Notes: Bryant and Russell Returning, Heyward Out (UPDATE: Heyward to DL, Maples Up)

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Cubs Roster Notes: Bryant and Russell Returning, Heyward Out (UPDATE: Heyward to DL, Maples Up)

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Some Cubs roster-related updates in advance of tonight’s possibly-rain-impacted game in Philadelphia.

So the long and the short of it there is that the Cubs will have someone else ready to be put on the roster for Heyward if he needs a DL stint, but otherwise, no DL move will happen because of the expanded rosters starting tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, we’ll see the returns of Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Bryant was expected back (hooray!), but Russell’s return is probably sooner than he might otherwise return if not for the expanded roster. That is to say, he’ll be back and available, but not fully available:

UPDATE: Jason Heyward will indeed hit the disabled list:

Hopefully that’s not a bad sign with respect to today’s results on his hamstring (though note that the announcement still says “tightness” rather than “strain”). I’m sure we’ll get an update on his condition and expected return by tomorrow.

In the meantime, Dillon Maples, who was going to be up in September anyway, gets an early return date. Here’s hoping he shows just a little control – a LITTLE – in which case he can be dominant.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.