Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward ready to return to lineup

Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward rounds second base after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward ready to return to lineup

Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward rounds second base after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Outfielder Jason Heyward is ready to return the Chicago Cubs' lineup.

Heyward expects to play Saturday against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers after being sidelined for two weeks because of a sore knuckle on his right hand.

He was hurt May 5 against the New York Yankees and placed on the 10-day disabled list three days later. Heyward is hitting .253 with three homers and 17 RBIs.

With Heyward coming back, manager Joe Maddon acknowledged the Cubs have a ''very tough'' decision to make. Do they send surging rookie Ian Happ back to the minors or someone else?

Happ, the No. 9 overall draft pick in 2015, was 6 for 17 with two homers and four RBIs entering Friday's game. He was called up from Triple-A Iowa on May 13.

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