But when the Cubs next play - Friday against San Diego in Wrigley Field - they'll take a 17-17 record into the game and seated at fourth in the NL Central.
Chicago's number two prospect and 23rd in all of baseball homered against the St Louis Cardinals for his first MLB hit on Saturday.
Chicago went up 3-0 in the seventh on a homer by Tommy La Stella, and it proved to be the difference. Now it's Happ's turn. He had awful numbers previous year but he has played well in Triple A and the Cubs are looking for help. The Cardinals led 5-1 heading to the seventh. While he's not up to stay like Butler could be, Happ should be primed for a strong first impression.
NOTES: Chicago SS Addison Russell (right shoulder) didn't start for the second straight game. That opened the door for Happ.
The Cubs also optioned pitcher Felix Pena to Iowa on Saturday. Nevertheless, it will be exciting to see him get his feet wet. Maddon said earlier Saturday. "Is the need going to arise?"
Can the rest of the Cubs offense get out of their funk and give Lester the support he needs to win this game? I don't think it breaks the intent of injury.
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Willson Contreras belted two solo homers Friday night in the Chicago Cubs' one-run win.
The switch-hitter turned heads in his first major league spring training with a.383/.441/.750 slash line. Arrieta allowed one unearned run and four hits in six innings in the Cubs' 2-1 victory.
"Just being versatile is going to be a huge part going forward in people's careers", Schwarber said. However, the play was called a double play because Happ slid past the second-base bag.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, when the Yankees will honor Derek Jeter before the second game. The Cubs opened a roster spot for Happ by optioning RHP Felix Pena to Iowa.
"We're out there playing with a bunch of pansies right now", Lester said. All of this, should make for a fun weekend of baseball, even if it is only May. He totally thought he got all of the ball and knocked it out of the park, as he pimped the hit just the tiniest amount with a nice bat drop. He's got incredible power. Replacing him will be Eddie Butler, a 26-year-old righty who was in the Rockies organization before this year.
Ranked: MLB.com ranks Happ as the No. 23 prospect in the majors. Could this promotion also serve as a trade infomercial? The Season is more than 1/5 of the way over and the Cubs need to wake up.