Heyward exits vs. Nats, Higgins makes MLB debut


Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward left Wednesday’s game against the Nationals with left hamstring tightness, according to the team.

Cubs manager David Ross said before the game that several of his players were dealing with bumps and bruises. Heyward's ailment Wednesday, however, was new. 

P.J. Higgins, who the Cubs called up from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, made his MLB debut pinch hitting for Heyward in the fourth inning. Higgins remained in the game, playing first base. Kris Bryant moved from first to right field.

"This stuff happens throughout a season," Ross said of the Cubs' string of injuries in recent weeks, "you just hope for nothing really serious to creep up."

The Cubs were also without first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back tightness) in the starting lineup Wednesday.

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