Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ injury update


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Ian Happ was in obvious pain after colliding with Nico Hoerner while pursuing a pop fly.
Ian Happ was in obvious pain after colliding with Nico Hoerner while pursuing a pop fly.

CINCINNATI — A scary moment took place in Sunday's barn burner at Great American Ball Park between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, as Cubs center fielder Ian Happ was carted off the field after being involved in a violent collision with a teammate. Happ and second baseman Nico Hoerner both pursued a popup hit by catcher Tyler Stephenson and collided with one another while doing so.

Hoerner was able to make an impressive catch but not without unintentionally injuring Happ, who tried to slide out of Hoerner's way. When the two collided, Hoerner appeared to knee Happ in his right side, and Happ then suffered a bloody nose that seemingly occurred when his head collided with the ground. Happ was shaken up to the point that it took him a few minutes to be able to stand up and get onto a cart that transported him off the field. The injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth, after Happ hit a game-tying three-run homer in the top of the eighth. The Cubs eventually lost 13-12 in the 10th inning.

Thankfully, Happ is reportedly OK and not facing any kind of severe injury. The likely reason why it took him so long to leave the field is because he was woozy from slamming his face into Hoerner's right forearm. Cubs manager David Ross told reporters postgame that Happ "took a pretty good blow to the face" but was "in good spirits." As for whether or not Happ will miss any action because of the collision, that has yet to be determined.

UPDATE: Ross announced on Tuesday that Happ suffered a rib contusion but not a concussion.

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