Children outfielder Cody Bellinger removed from the road loss Monday to Astros after suffering a left knee injury following an outstanding defensive play late in the game.
With Houston up, 6-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning, All-Star Kyle Tucker looked to extend the lead after blasting the first pitch of his at-bat over the right-center field wall. Bellinger tracked down Tucker’s fly ball and leapt into the air for a stunning catch over the wall to get the last out of the inning.
Shortly after landing, Bellinger’s left knee appeared to dislocate, causing him to fall to the ground. Cubs teammate Seiya Suzuki called on the training staff to check on Bellinger, who needed help as he walked back to the dugout.
Bellinger’s horrific crash and subsequent exit forced the Cubs to replace the two-time All-Star with utility man Miles Mastrobuoni. While the initial injury appeared, however, Cubs manager David Ross didn’t seem too concerned after the game, telling reporters that Bellinger would be re-evaluated Tuesday after describing his injury as“no major.”
“We will see how he presents in the morning but, all the tests done by the doc, ligaments and things, it seems to be OK,” he added.
Bellinger later echoed Ross’ sentiments about his situation. “You immediately think of the worst case scenario, but it’s not really that, which is good,” he said,per Cubs reporter Jordan Bastian.
Cody Bellinger left Monday’s game for the Cubs after this catch at the wall.
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It remains unknown if Bellinger will miss time, though any rest will be difficult for the 27-year-old given his strong start to the year. He slashed .271/.337/.493 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and nine doubles in 37 games; against Houston, the veteran outfielder went 1-for-3 before exiting.