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.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.