Cubs

Happ out of lineup day after taking foul ball to face

Cubs

Cubs center fielder Ian Happ is not in the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals and is day to day, manager David Ross said pregame.

Happ fouled a pitch into the dirt Thursday against Pittsburgh that bounced up and hit him in the face near the right eye. The Cubs said after the game he sustained a bruise and x-rays came back negative.

Happ underwent testing Friday morning and could be available to pinch hit Friday, depending on how he’s feeling.

“I think it’s gonna be fine," Ross said. "He’ll run through his daily activities, see what he can do. With all the eye tests he’s had and stuff put in his eye — I talked to him this morning — I just think it’s best if we give it a little bit more time."

Happ has been the Cubs best hitter this season. In 37 games, the 26-year-old is hitting .311/.421/.648 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs. Here's how the Cubs will line up Friday:

 
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