SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward left Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent hip injury after crashing into the wall on a diving catch.
A grimacing Heyward reached for his right hip after robbing Giants leadoff man Denard Span of extra bases on the third pitch he saw from Jake Arrieta.
Heyward crashed into a padded section of the wall to the left of the 421-foot sign.
Heyward walked off the field under his own power, but with assistance from trainers.
Kris Bryant, who started the game at third base, replaced Heyward in right field, and Tommy La Stella came in at third base.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has opened up September with a power surge. The 24-year-old entered Saturday’s game against the Giants with home runs in five consecutive games. He made it six with a two-run home run off of Jake Peavy in the sixth inning.
Arenado is the only Rockie to homer in six consecutive games. Dante Bichette (1995) and Larry Walker (1999) homered in five consecutive games.
Arenado has turned in a terrific season, batting .288/.324/.581 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner. His 36 homers ties him with Josh Donaldson and teammate Carlos Gonzalez for third-best in baseball. No National Leaguer has homered more than the Rockies’ duo.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the job security of Reds manager Bryan Price is “extremely tenuous”. He adds that Hall of Famer and long-time Red Barry Larkin is viewed as the most likely successor if Price’s seat were vacated.
The Reds entered play Saturday with a 55-77 record, dead last in the NL Central. They lost nine games in a row between August 14-23, and are poised to finish fifth in the division for the first time since 2008. Their .417 winning percentage would be their worst since 2001.
In fairness to Price, the Reds’ August slump came after the Reds traded away ace Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake at the trade deadline. They also traded Marlon Byrd two weeks ago.