Kris Bryant appears to be OK after being hit in the head by pitch

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant appears to have avoided a serious injury after getting hit in the head with a pitch. Bryant was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning after starter German Marquez hit Bryant with a 96 mph fastball.

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The ball hit both the bill of Bryant’s helmet as well as the area above his left eye. He was able to stay on his feet after getting hit, but started walking over near the Cubs dugout. On the way there, manager Joe Maddon came out to check on Bryant.

Bryant eventually left the game, but the Cubs offered a promising update later in the contest.

The Cubs say Bryant was able to pass initial tests. He has a laceration above his eye from his sunglasses, but that’s it. He’s not showing signs of a concussion yet, but the team will continue to evaluate him.

The pitch from Marquez did not appear to be intentional. His catcher, Chris Iannetta, set up for a high fastball. The pitch ran in and hit Bryant. After Bryant was hit, Iannetta immediately showed concern for Bryant, taking off his mask and walking toward him.

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant (17) gets hit in the head by a pitch by Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) (not pictured) during the first inning of a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Chicago Cubs on April 22, 2018 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant (17) gets hit in the head by a pitch by Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) (not pictured) during the first inning of a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Chicago Cubs on April 22, 2018 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is attended to by trainer Matt Johnson after being hit with a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is helped off the field by PJ Mainville and Matt Johnson after being hit with a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
22 APRIL 2018: Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) walks away from the batters box and inspects his broken helmet after taking a pitch in the head in the first inning during a regular season Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
22 APRIL 2018: Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) walks away from the batters box after taking a pitch in the head in the first inning during a regular season Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Chicago Cubs training staff checks on infielder Kris Bryant (17) after he would get hit in the head by a pitch by Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) (not pictured) during the first inning of a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Chicago Cubs on April 22, 2018 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is attended to by trainer Matt Johnson after being hit with a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) and outfielder Ian Desmond (20) look towards home plate after Marquez would hit Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant (17) (not pictured) in the head with a pitch during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Chicago Cubs on April 22, 2018 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Manager Joe Madden of the Chicago Cubs argues with the umpires after Kris Bryant is hit with a pitch in first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Andy Haines took exception to how the situation was handled. Both men were ejected for their conduct toward the umpiring crew. There’s video of Haines throwing his sports drink in the direction of one of the umpires. That led to his ejection.

While Bryant appears to be OK, he still could miss a few games. Concussion symptoms can sometimes take a while before they occur, so the team could try and play it safe with Bryant. The Cubs have an off day Monday before beginning a series with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

For now, though, things look to be all right. The Cubs won’t miss one of their best players for long and, more importantly, Bryant escaped without serious injury.

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