Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler left Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after the first inning due to right hamstring discomfort, the team announced.
Fowler will undergo an MRI but manager Joe Maddon said his prognosis is "not bad, not awful. Just sore."
Maddon added with a grin: "He also wants to let the fanbase know to continue to vote for him for the All-Star Game."
Fowler grounded out to third to lead off the bottom of the first. He was replaced by rookie Albert Almora Jr.
The 30-year-old Fowler, who signed a one-year, $13 million deal during spring training, has been one of the biggest reasons for the Cubs’ runaway success in the National League Central. He exited Saturday’s game hitting .290/.398/.483 and has scored 41 runs in 62 games.
Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.
Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.
At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.
This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.
Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.
Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.
David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.
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