Jason Heyward hurt making incredible diving catch
SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward left Friday’s 8-1 win against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent abdominal 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. The Cubs announced Heyward was being evaluated for an injury to his "right torso," adding that it was in the abdominal area.
"He’ll get an MRI in the morning," manager Joe Maddon said. "We don’t know anything yet. That might have been the game right there. He threw caution to the wind. That could have been an inside the park home run and they have a different mentality."
Kris Bryant, who started the game at third base, replaced Heyward in right field, and Tommy La Stella came in at third base.
Heyward came in batting .225 with a home run and 14 RBI.