Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant left Sunday’s game in the fifth inning after a head first slide. Bryant was wincing in pain, but it appears he was just experiencing some dizziness and isn’t expected to miss significant time. CSN Chicago reporter Patrick Mooney sent out a pair of tweets that should have Cubs fans breathing a bit easier.
#Cubs went through concussion protocol testing after Kris Bryant left Sunday's game feeling dizzy from headfirst slide into second base.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) August 2, 2015
#Cubs will reevaluate Kris Bryant again on Monday in Pittsburgh.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) August 2, 2015
ESPN is reporting that Bryant should be okay, but he was still a little fuzzy about what took place.
“I was going as hard as I can. I went into his leg or something like that.”
Bryant was able to do a little damage before he left the game, getting a hit and driving in a run. The Cubs were up 4-1 when Bryant left the game and were able to hold on for a 4-3 victory. The Milwaukee Brewers scored two runs against closer Hector Rondon in the ninth, but they weren’t able to complete the comeback. The win gave Chicago a four game sweep of the floundering Brewers and extended the Cubs winning streak to five games.
Manager Joe Maddon left the game early as well, as he was ejected by Hunter Wendelstedt in the third inning. Maddon was tossed for arguing after a replay decision. It was the fourth time this season that Maddon has been ejected.
Bryant will likely miss at least a couple of days, but that might not be the worst think for the All-Star third baseman. Kris has struggled as of late, hitting just .168 in July, and a few days off might be what he needs to hit the reset button.
The timing of Bryant’s injury isn’t the greatest though. On Monday, the Cubs start a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who Chicago trails by four games, and then a four game series against the San Francisco Giants, a team they are battling for the second wild card spot.
Even with his recent slump, Bryant is still in contention for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Bryant’s main competition is Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As reported on earlier at the Inquisitr, Bryant got a late start to the season because he didn’t break camp with the big league club. He still is tied for the team lead in runs batted in with Anthony Rizzo and he has cracked 14 home runs.
The Cubs shouldn’t be without Kris Bryant for too long, but they would prefer not to have another scare like this anytime soon.
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