Kris Bryant is a player the Cubs can’t afford to lose for very long while they’re chasing the Brewers in the National League Central, but they’ll be without their third baseman for at least Wednesday’s game. Bryant slid head-first into third base in the first inning of the series finale against the Braves, and injured what appears to be a finger in the process.
You can see Bryant’s hand connect with Braves’ third baseman Johan Camargo right in the cleat during an attempted steal of third base:
The Cubs' Kris Bryant appears to injure his left finger on a head-first slide; exits game vs. Braves pic.twitter.com/xYQ9ZVfavF— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 19, 2017
Bryant immediately reacted to the contact, and was removed from the game with Tommy La Stella taking over at third to begin the second half of the first inning.
[Update 1:42 p.m. ET] Kris Bryant received x-rays on his hand, and the result was the discovery of a sprained pinky finger. The good news for both Bryant and the Cubs is that nothing is broken, and their star is day-to-day.