Cubs fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Kris Bryant left the Cubs-Dodgers game after the second inning Thursday, but the cause was nothing sinister, just "flu-like symptoms," as the team announced.
Bryant struck out on a check swing in the first and came out for defense in the top of the second before leaving with the Cubs down 4-0.
In the minutes in between Bryant's departure and the confirmed news from the Cubs that it was just the flu, Twitter was ablaze with conjecture from fans about if Bryant was traded, injured, whatever.
When told about the Twitter rumors postgame, Cubs manager Joe Maddon laughed.
"Hysterical," Maddon said. "That's just the world [we live in]. For me, I kinda giggle at that stuff. I don't take any of that seriously, quite frankly.
"What's important to me is what our group thinks, what our team thinks, what our front office or ownership thinks. That's what matters to me. With all due respect to the fans, unless I was trying to run for mayor, I'd be worrying about what they have to say a little bit more."
At the same time, Maddon understood why fans would fall into such a practice.
"It's probably kinda fun if you're out there," he said. "If you're really into that, it probably grinds up your day a little bit with some controversy. But for me, I think if it accelerates interest in our game, I'll take it. Other than that, I really don't pay any attention to it."
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This is the second time this season Bryant has had to be removed from the game for feeling under the weather. He also left May 17's Cubs-Pirates game at Wrigley Field in the fifth inning for the same reason.
Thursday, the Cubs inserted Matt Szczur into the lineup in Bryant's spot. Szczur took over center field, moving Chris Denorfia to left, which moved Chris Coghlan to second base and pushed Jonathan Herrera to third (catch all that?).
Bryant is hitting .278 with 10 homers and 42 RBI this season.