The Cubs announce a pair of roster moves today, the most important of which is outfielder Jason Heyward going on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Heyward to 7 day concussion DL list. Was hurt during final play in St Louis. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 8, 2018
The less said about the play that injured Heyward the better, but we should all know these days that concussions are a serious matter. Although the DL for concussions is only seven days, that’s a minimum. Many players take far more time to recover from a concussion and some even feel the lingering effects on the field even after they return.
But we don’t know how serious Heyward’s injury is at this time. He could be out the minimum seven games, or he could be out for an extended period of time. The Cubs and Heyward probably don’t know how much time he will miss at this point, but it does seem at this point that Heyward’s problems are on the less serious side of the spectrum. But again, we won’t know for a few days at least.
In bringing up Bote, the Cubs get a versatile player who has been tearing up Triple-A. Although he only went 1 for 9 with a double in his major-league debut earlier this season, Bote is hitting .333/.393/.605 with five home runs in 20 games for the Iowa Cubs. Bote has also played every single position in the minor leagues except catcher (yes, he’s pitched) so he gives manager Joe Maddon some flexibility to fill in at several spots. Bote could replace Heyward in right, but more likely Ian Happ or Ben Zobrist will play right and Bote will continue to provide depth off the bench.
Also, “Bringing up Bote” should not be confused with this.
That’s Bringing Up Baby.
Finally, the Cubs made one other move today, sending right-handed reliever Cory Mazzoni back to Iowa and calling up left-handed reliever Rob Zastryzny. Mazzoni pitched a perfect inning of relief in last night’s blowout, but the Cubs clearly feel the need for another left-handed pitcher tonight.