Jason Heyward is heading to the disabled list.
The Cubs' outfielder was placed on the 10-day DL ahead of Monday night's game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.
In a corresponding move, the team selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro from Triple-A Iowa.
Heyward's tenure on the disabled list is retroactive to this past Saturday, his first of back-to-back days off in the weekend series with the New York Yankees.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained Heyward's absence from Saturday's lineup saying that Heyward injured his knuckle while diving for a ball in the outfield. Heyward didn't make an appearance in Sunday night's 18-inning marathon, with starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Kyle Hendricks making pinch-hit appearances instead of Heyward.
Monday, Heyward's injury was announced as a sprained finger on his right hand.
Heyward is slashing .253/.333/.364 through his first 28 games of the 2017 campaign with three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Floro pitched in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, posting a 4.20 ERA. The Cubs selected him off waivers in January.
In eight appearances this season with Iowa — all but one of which have come in relief — Floro has a 5.06 ERA in 16 innings of work. He's struck out nine batters while yielding nine earned runs on 22 hits and a trio of walks.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson give us their memories of Joe Maddon's time with the Cubs and discuss David Ross and Joe Espada's candidacy to be the next manager.
01:30 Kelly's memories of Joe from the perspective of a reporter
06:00 Going back to Hazleton with Joe
07:45 Joe's legacy as manager of the Cubs
16:00 How Joe impacted Javy Baez' career
18:00 David Ross and Joe Espada may be the leaders to replace Joe Maddon
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As the Cubs peruse over their list of managerial candidates, one name reportedly made a strong impression following his interview with the team.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan, Astros bench coach Joe Espada left the Cubs front office “exceptionally impressed” following his interview on Monday.
Espada, 44, has spent the last two seasons as Astros bench coach following three seasons as Yankees third base coach. He is one of MLB’s more sought after managerial candidates this winter and one of three known external candidates for the Cubs’ opening, along with Joe Girardi and Gabe Kapler.
Former Cubs catcher and current front office assistant David Ross has been the presumed front runner for the Cubs' opening. But based on Kaplan’s report, Espada clearly has given Epstein and Co. something to think about, which makes sense, considering Espada is coming from an innovative Astros organization.
Epstein said at his end-of-season press conference that there’s no timeline for the Cubs’ managerial search. However, MLB prefers teams to not make big announcements during the World Series, which kicks off on Oct. 22. Thus, the Cubs may not make an announcement for little while longer, though this is purely speculation.
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