Sore wrist keeps Heyward sidelined

Sore wrist keeps Heyward sidelined

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs are closely monitoring outfielder Jason Heyward, who is nursing a sore right wrist and was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday.

Heyward said the wrist has been nagging him since the season's second series against the D-backs in early April. Heyward felt something while doing drills off a tee with a bat weight at Chase Field.

"I don't think it's a long-term kind of thing by any means, but his wrist is sore," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He hasn't said anything, and then finally he said something, so we're trying to react to it right now."

"I don't see any need to go on the DL. I don't think they do either," Heyward said. "[Let's] just make sure we get it calmed down and going in the right direction."

The trainers were giving Heyward treatment prior to Tuesday night's game with the Pirates, so his availability off the bench was not known prior to game time, although he didn't appear in the 7-1 win. Heyward entered Tuesday with a .211 average, no home runs and 13 RBIs in his first season with the Cubs.

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.