SOUTH BEND, IN - The Chicago Cubs announced on Wednesday evening that World Series Champion Jason Heyward has been assigned to the South Bend Cubs for a rehabilitation assignment. He is expected to start with South Bend tonight.
"We are thrilled that South Bend will now have two major league rehab assignments in back to back years," said Andrew T. Berlin, Owner of the South Bend Cubs. "The Chicago Cubs know our commitment to player development with first-class facilities like the renovated clubhouse and locker rooms, the 1st Source Bank Performance Center, and the award winning natural grass playing surface installed by "The Sodfather" himself, Roger Bossard from the Chicago White Sox. The road back to the World Series starts in South Bend!"
Before going on the disabled list on May 7 with a sprained finger on his right hand, Heyward was batting .253 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 28 games. He was originally drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in the 2007 Draft and made his Major League debut for the Braves on April 5, 2010. Heyward is scheduled to play at least one game in South Bend.
"Thursday was already going to be an exciting day with former Chicago Cubs All-Star Bill Buckner in town," said South Bend Cubs Team President Joe Hart. "Now with Jason Heyward beginning his rehab assignment, we anticipate the atmosphere to be even more electric."
On July 8, 2016, South Bend received their first rehab assignment from the Chicago Cubs as Dexter Fowler batted 9th and was the Designated Hitter for that game. Fowler went 0-2 with two walks.
Tickets for Thursday's game are available at the South Bend Cubs Box Office and by phone at (574) 235-9988 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can also be purchasedby clicking here.
Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to avoid delays with the Ivy at Berlin Place construction project taking place just outside of Gate D at Four Winds Field. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch vs. the Lansing Lugnuts is set for 7:05 p.m.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 29 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2005, and has captured 12 division titles. In 2015, the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose sole shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill.
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