Heyward goes 1-3 in South Bend, will return to Chicago

Jason Heyward chats with South Bend manager Jimmy Gonzalez during his rehab game Thursday night / WSBT Photo

The major leagues came to Michiana Thursday night.

Chicago Cubs starting right fielder Jason Heyward made a rehab start in South Bend as he gets close to returning from in injured right finger.

Heyward led off the game for the South Bend Cubs, and went 1-3, including a sharp single to left field in the 6th inning that drove in the only run of the game.

"I felt good," Heyward said afterwards. "It was good for me to get back out there and play, and trust myself and not have to worry about my hand."

Heyward told WSBT 22's Olivia Ray he'll return to Chicago, and will likely be activated Saturday.

"I just got off the phone with Theo (Epstein). I won't be back. Knock on wood I won't be back this weekend. I'll go back (to Chicago) tomorrow, be on the bench and come of the DL Saturday."

The Cubs begin a 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

"If it was a night game I might be in the lineup. But since it's a day game and I've got to drive back we'll probably do that, and keep an extra pitcher on our roster."

Heyward is the 2nd Cubs major league player to rehab in South Bend since they franchise became the Cubs Class-A affiliate in 2015. Dexter Fowler played in one rehab game in South Bend last year.

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