MRI on Cubs’ Heyward reveals contusion, expected to be out 3-5 days

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SAN FRANCISCO – Cubs fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Jason Heyward will be back sooner than many expected.

An MRI on Heyward’s abdomen revealed a contusion but no structural damage.

As a result, the Cubs gold glove outfielder will avoid a trip to the disabled list.

The team expects Heyward to only miss three to five days and didn’t rule out a possible return by the end of the road trip.

In the meantime, the Cubs have activated utility man Matt Szczur, who will be available for today’s game.

Right-handed relief pitcher Neil Ramirez has been designated for assignment to make room for Szczur.