Hoyer on Happ’s Role, Russell’s Demotion, Bryant’s Health, Zobrist’s Return

Gosh, it’s been kinda busy for day with no baseball, huh? Jed Hoyer joined 670 The Score’s McNeil & Parkins to give the skinny on everything that’s going on with the team and I transcribed the entire interview for those who missed. it.

Okay, that’s a lie. All I did was embed a bunch of tweets below because transcription is torture reserved for one of lower rings of hell. Unless you’re MLB.com Cubs beat writer Jordan Bastian, for whom it’s a pleasurable endeavor. What a weirdo.

See below for tweets on the finer points of Hoyer’s interview, along with a little commentary on some of the various topics covered.

Ian Happ

The news of Happ’s promotion broke before the Cubs had expected, so Hoyer was not willing to announce the corresponding move on the air. Initial speculation was that one of David Bote, Albert Almora Jr., or Daniel Descalso would lose a roster spot, with Almora looking like a likely candidate when Hoyer said Bote could back up shortstop.

It’s likely to be a reliever, though, probably Tim Collins. Happ will play primarily center field with the possibility of manning second base, depending on the matchup. So pretty much what he’s always done.

Addison Russell

Hoyer didn’t feel like driving a bus over the guy, so this is pretty much what you could expect. Nothing to see here.

Kris Bryant’s health

There were some fears that Happ’s promotion was related to an impending IL stint for Bryant, but that’s not the case. Just as the slugger told reporters after leaving Wednesday’s game early, the knee is fine and he expects to be right back in there Friday.

Ben Zobrist

Hoyer echoed Joe Maddon’s thoughts on Zobrist, saying that he was “cautiously optimistic” about a return. An earlier report said the Cubs were targeting September 1 roster expansions, so we’ll see.

Brandon Morrow

A potential x-factor down the stretch, Brandon Morrow has been working his way back for months. Hoyer remains hopeful, but only to a certain extent.

I was going to include something on Daniel Descalso, but that has now earned a whole post all to itself. Enjoy.

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