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Ian Happ exits Cubs’ win over Marlins with injury

1 month agoAndy Martinez

Ian Happ exited Friday’s win over the Marlins in the 7th inning due to left hamstring tightness, manager Craig Counsell said. 

“He had some [left] hamstring tightness and so it was precautionary,” Counsell said after the 8-3 win. “We’ll take a look at him and talk to him and see what it means for the rest of the weekend.”

Happ was 0-for-2 with a walk and after the 6th inning, was replaced by Alexander Canario in left field. He was receiving treatment after the game for the injury. The switch-hitter dealt with a left hamstring strain during Spring Training that kept him out of action for some time, but he recovered and was on the Opening Day roster. 

He has been one of the key offensive figures for the Cubs this season. He’s carrying a .352 on-base percentage this season and a 106 weighted runs-created plus and has served as the team’s leadoff hitter against right-handed pitching. 

If he does miss time, the Cubs currently have plenty of outfield options who could fill in. Canario would be the natural replacement, especially this weekend when the Cubs are facing two more lefty starters. Mike Tauchman, Patrick Wisdom and Garrett Cooper can all play in the outfield, too.

If the Cubs have to place him on the IL, they could recall Miles Mastrobuoni to serve as a utility player and another lefty bat off the bench. Top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong is another option if the Cubs want another pure outfielder. 

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