The Cubs have a decision on their hands: what do they do with Ian Happ?
Now the first bit of news here is obvious, the reigning world champions are getting right fielder Jason Heyward off of the 10-day-DL Saturday, he told the media Friday.
I am playing tomorrow, Heyward said, via CBS Chicago. I needed to swing the bat. I did not need to walk. I needed to swing the bat and feel free. I was just worried about the at-bats and letting my hands go. I was into the timing and not to worry about the hand at all.
That’s great for their defense which has been suffering as of late, but it puts them in an odd spot as they have to decide now whether to keep Happ on the 25-man roster, or do they send him back down to Triple-A Iowa after he has hit .353 with two home runs and four RBI since his callup?
What the Cubs will have to weigh is this; do they retain a young man that has helped the Cubs go 4-2 since his callup, or do they send him down when the offense has been stagnant for a lot of the season without him?
This may have been an easier argument to make last year when Heyward hit .230 with just seven home runs as the team’s starting right fielder, but this season he has shown signs of life at the plate with a .253 average and three home runs in 28 games this season.
It’s not an easy decision, but one that may have very little to do with Heyward and more to do with Happ’s development as a second baseman.