Heyward to Miss Cubs-Pirates Game Monday for Sore Wrist

Just one day after getting Kris Bryant back in their lineup, the injury bug has bitten the Chicago Cubs again as Jason Heyward will miss Monday's NL Central Division showdown with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Heyward, who is in the midst of an 0-for-17 slump, is dealing with a sore right wrist, and is being classified as "day-to-day" by the Cubs.

According to Cubs radio analyst Mark Grote, Heyward began to experience issues with the wrist during the team's series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in early April.

A determination on whether Heyward will be placed on the disabled list has yet to be made, but at least for Monday night he will be replaced in the lineup by Matt Szczur, who clobbered a grand slam in Friday's win over the Atlanta Braves.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon confirmed the news.

"I don't think it's a long-term thing by any means, but his wrist is sore," Maddon said. 

This isn't the first high profile injury the Cubs have had to deal with recently. Bryant made his return to the lineup on Sunday after spraining his ankle against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field earlier in the week.

The Cubs' schedule will make any Heyward absence tougher to swallow, as they battle the Pirates in a three-game series at PNC Park this week and welcome the red hot Washington Nationals to Wrigley for a four-game set this weekend.

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