Cubs News: Kris Bryant leaves game after outfield collision

Cubs News: Kris Bryant leaves game after outfield collision

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Cubs rookie outfielder Albert Almora Jr. and Kris Bryant collided with each other in left-center field while trying to catch a fly ball in the fifth inning on Monday afternoon.

Bryant held onto the ball for the out but it appeared that Almora hit Bryant awkwardly in the head with his glove, and Bryant was subsequently lifted for pinch-hitter Matt Szczur at the bottom of the inning.

The Cubs are calling the injury a contusion on the lower portion of his left leg. “He should be fine tomorrow,” Maddon said to reporters after the Cubs 10-4 win on Monday. “I’m anticipating putting his name in the lineup tomorrow.”

Offensively, earlier in the game, Bryant hit a two-run homer that traveled 407 feet to center field to make the score 5-0 Cubs. He has now tied the major league lead in homers with 24 and has eight homers, 20 RBIs vs. the Reds this season. It was also his 50th career homer, and he is the first Cubs player to homer on July 4th two years in a row since Bobby Murcer in 1977.

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