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Bearcats in the Big Leagues: Happ Homers, Harrison Healing

Ian Happ hit his 14th home run of the season and Josh Harrison is feeling better.

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Ian Happ

Absent from Chicago’s lineup since Saturday, Happ had a nice bounce-back game on Tuesday. He went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored as the Cubs rolled to a 16-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Among a number of strong contributors in WPA (win probability added), Happ came in third on the team, posting a reading of .076. Happ, who had just three hits in the previous nine games, had not had an extra-base hit since July 17 when he launched a double against the Atlanta Braves. He also recorded his first home run since July 8, his only one of the entire month. Happ has mashed 14 dingers in total this season, which is why his OPS is still at a healthy .825.

Josh Harrison

Since hurting his leg on Sunday, Harrison has not played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adam Frazier stood in for Harrison on Tuesday, but it might not be time for the DL just yet. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Harrison is feeling a lot better and thinks he’ll only need another day or two of recovery. Godspeed, sir.

Connor Walsh

Walsh is still awaiting his second appearance with the Charlotte Knights since being called up to Triple-A.

Ryan Atkinson

Atkinson is in a similar boat as Walsh, as he waits for his next turn in the rotation after his Double-A debut.