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Cubs send Jason Heyward to disabled list, add Dylan Floro from Triple-A

Cubs send Jason Heyward to disabled list, add Dylan Floro from Triple-A

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.

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals in sixth inning with a right heel contusion.

Báez appeared to turn his right ankle charging a softly hit groundball by Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the third inning. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Báez, though the shortstop stayed in the game after a brief discussion.

Addison Russell, who was set to pinch hit for Báez in the sixth inning before Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play, took over at shortstop in the bottom half of the inning. Sunday was Russell's first appearance at shortstop since Sept. 19, 2018, as he recently returned from a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

The move was likely precautionary, as the Cubs held a 6-1 lead when Báez exited the game and play again on Monday night. He expects to play on Monday against Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

The Nationals scored three times in the sixth inning, cutting the Cubs' lead to 6-4. Russell made a throwing error on his first attempt, though it was a deflected ball off of Hendricks' glove. While the Cubs obviously want Báez healthy and on the field, they managed to pull out a 6-5 win in his absence.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.

The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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