Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein guaranteed something would go wrong for the Cubs this postseason.
Their foresight was realized in the fourth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series as Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks walked off the mound after being struck by a 94 mph line drive.
Hendricks appeared to have been hit in the right forearm by Angel Pagan's comebacker.
Maddon and Cubs trainers jogged out to the mound to check on Hendricks, whose first warm-up pitch sailed way wide of the plate.
Hendricks tried a couple more warm-up pitches to test out his arm, then had a long chat with the Cubs coaching staff before dejectedly walking into the clubhouse after only 52 pitches.
After a breakthrough season that saw him pace the NL in ERA, Hendricks earned the No. 2 role in the Cubs postseason rotation, ahead of 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
Before he departed, Hendricks had allowed two runs on four hits (including Pagan's comebacker) through 3.2 innings. The Cubs had a 4-2 lead at the time.
The Cubs announced Hendricks was being checked for a right forearm contusion, but X-rays came back negative.
Travis Wood came on to relive Hendricks and promptly struck the first batter he faced out before crushing a homer in the bottom of the fourth to extend the Cubs' lead.