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Heyward feeling better but out of Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals

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Jason Heyward is feeling “much better,” according to Cubs manager David Ross, after the right fielder left Saturday’s game with lightheadedness and shortness of breath.

Heyward was out of the Cubs lineup Monday against the Cardinals after undergoing multiple tests at the hospital Sunday night. He is scheduled for more tests Tuesday morning, Ross said.

“But right now everything seems to be on the up and up,” Ross said.

Ross declined to comment on what Heyward’s symptoms may have stemmed from, but he did say that still no Cubs player has tested positive for COVID-19.

With the gap between the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central standings rapidly shrinking, the Cubs will be missing one of their two best hitters in the series finale Monday. Heyward leads the Cubs in on base percentage (.415) and is second to only Ian Happ in batting average (.300) and slugging percentage (.540).

The Cardinals entered Monday just 1.5 games back of the division-leading Cubs.

Cameron Maybin, who replaced Heyward in the fifth inning of the Cubs’ 7-3 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, is set to start in right field Monday. The veteran outfielder has made a smooth transition onto the team since the Cubs acquired him from the Tigers at the trade deadline.

Maybin’s first hit as a Cub was a double in an 8-2 win at Pittsburgh last week. He also had a two-hit game against St. Louis on Friday, a 4-1 Cubs win.