In one of the more surprising moves of the day the Cubs sent Ian Happ down to Triple-A.
Happ had a very good rookie year two seasons ago with Chicago, but struggled to the tune of a .233 batting average with 167 strikeouts in 387 at-bats in 2018.
Despite his rough year and a .135 batting average in spring training, Happ was not pleased with the decision.
“He’s not happy and he shouldn’t be happy,” manager Joe Maddon told reporters, via The Athletic. “He was surprised.”
Happ was apparently quite unhappy w decision. “He’s not happy & he shouldn’t be happy. He was surprised.” Asked if he calmed down by end of convo, “That’s pretty personal, I don’t want to share that. He wasn’t happy. We didn’t want it to be that and we did not expect that.”
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 23, 2019
Happ will start his year at Triple-A Iowa where he batted .298 with nine home runs in 26 games before being called up to Chicago in 2017.
Maddon would not address exactly how Happ was displeased and kept those details to himself.
“That’s pretty personal, I don’t want to share that,” the manager said. “He wasn’t happy. We didn’t want it to be that and we did not expect that.”