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Cut on Heyward's hand needs time to heal

Cubs not taking chances with Russell; Zobrist works out, while Hendricks rests
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WASHINGTON -- Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is making slow progress regarding the cut on his left hand, saying Monday that it still needs time to heal.

"I'm not to the point where I can do everything swinging yet," Heyward said. "I can't take full [batting practice]. It's getting better every day, but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day, I have to do a little more healing."

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WASHINGTON -- Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is making slow progress regarding the cut on his left hand, saying Monday that it still needs time to heal.

"I'm not to the point where I can do everything swinging yet," Heyward said. "I can't take full [batting practice]. It's getting better every day, but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day, I have to do a little more healing."

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He hit off a tee for the first time Monday to see how much he could handle.

"It's healing, but I can feel every movement in my hand because it's tender, because there's new skin there," Heyward said.

He scraped his left hand on the warning track at PNC Park on June 18, and it resulted in a deep cut in the heel of his hand. During the Cubs' series in Miami, he was able to play catch for the first time, but he has done nothing since.

• Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who had to leave Sunday's game with soreness in his right shoulder, did not start on Monday.

"It's not serious, but I don't want to push it," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "We just have to get him on a steady diet of rehab, like a maintenance program. If we do that, we'll have no more issues."

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Meanwhile, Ben Zobrist, on the disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist, worked out on Monday in Chicago and felt good.

"If we get another favorable report back [on Tuesday], there might be some action," Maddon said of Zobrist. "He felt good, no setbacks. Zobrist, you've got to listen to him very carefully."

Pitcher Kyle Hendricks (right hand tendinitis), who played catch Saturday and Sunday in Miami, took Monday off and is expected to resume his throwing on Tuesday.

• Maddon is scheduled to attend a luncheon on Wednesday as a guest of Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania), who is from the manager's hometown of Hazleton, Pa., and even tried out for a Major League Baseball team once. Maddon also may swing by the White House for a visit.

"Who knows? We might end up going over there again," Maddon said. "I'm staying in touch with my boy, Louie."

The Cubs went to the White House in January as guests of President Barack Obama, who saluted the World Series champions.

• The Cubs recalled infielder Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa on Monday and optioned right-hander Dylan Floro to the Minor League team. Candelario started at third base. It's the second time Candelario has been added this year; he was called up as the 26th man for a doubleheader on May 9.

• The Cubs traded lefty reliever Zac Rosscup to the Rockies for right-hander Matt Carasiti, 25, who has been pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. Carasiti was 1-1 with 13 saves and a 2.37 ERA, striking out 43 over 30 1/3 innings. He made 19 big league relief appearances for the Rockies last year. He was not added to the Cubs' 40-man roster.

Rosscup was designated for assignment last week.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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