Kris Bryant leaves game after injuring oblique on swing
|Monday, September 21, 2020, 8:05 PM- -|
PITTSBURGH — Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was removed from Monday's contest at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates after tweaking something on a swing in the second inning. Bryant winced in pain after whiffing at the first pitch of his second-inning at-bat. Cubs manager David Ross and a trainer came out to check out Bryant soon afterward, and Ross opted to let Bryant finish the plate appearance.
Bryant ultimately grounded out, and, evidently, the pain did not subside. Prior to the bottom of the third, David Bote replaced Bryant in the lineup and took over at third base. Bryant has struggled with a litany of injury issues in recent seasons, including the 2020 slate, and has missed 20 games this year, most of which which he has missed due to injury.
Something clearly grabbed KB on this swing. After Bryant takes next pitch, Ross and a member of Cubs' medical team heads out for a chat.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 21, 2020
The Cubs' third baseman stays in. pic.twitter.com/dWHaAnEBEm
Kris Bryant leaves the Cubs game after tweaking something on a swing. Right arm/shoulder/side it looked like. Something over there— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) September 21, 2020
Update: The Cubs later announced that Bryant exited the contest due to tightness in his right lower oblique.
Cubs say Kris Bryant left the game with right lower oblique tightness— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) September 22, 2020