Add injury to insult for the Cubs.
In the top of the 6th inning, with the Cubs already down 6 runs, right fielder Kris Bryant left the game after colliding with Jason Heyward in the outfield.
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It's possible that the move was simply precautionary. The Cubs are on their 13th game in 13 days, and being down six runs in the latter half of a getaway game isn't the time to roll the dice. That said, Bryant missing time would be a significant blow, as the Cubs' star is in the midst of a stellar season. Through 49 games, Bryant's slashing .288/.411/.576 with a .987 and a 160 wRC+. As of Sunday afternoon, only Javy Baez has a higher WAR (2.5) than Bryant (2.4).
There's been no further announcement on the extent of Bryant's injury.
The young girl who was hit by a foul ball during the Astros-Cubs game last month suffered a skull fracture from the incident, according to the family's attorney.
Additionally, the girl also suffered subdural bleeding, brain contusions and brain edema. She also had a seizure and is currently on medication to prevent more, according to the attorney's office.
The incident made national headlines back in late May, when a foul ball off the bat of Cubs' outfielder Albert Almora Jr. struck a small girl who was sitting on the third base side.
"That's probably what sucked the most," Almora said after the game. "It's just the way life is. As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her.
"The rest was kind of a blur, the rest of that at-bat. I kind of came to my senses the next half inning when I went over to the stands."
Since then, several teams have committed to extending the protective netting all the way to the foul poles, with some as soon as this season.
Joe Maddon responded to the report before Wednesday's Cubs-Braves game.
“I don’t know enough about it except that we’re just hoping this little girl gets well quickly," Maddon said. "It was a horrible moment. We all felt it and I know Albert still does feel it. We want to wish her the best and her family the best. Having children of my own and having grandkids it’s a real tough thought.”
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