Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks had his breakout season this year, but his first playoff start of the season was cut short.
Hendricks excited the game in the fourth inning after getting hit in the arm by a liner, which happened when Angel Pagan hit a changeup right back at him. The ball hit Hendricks right in the forearm, and the team was not taking any chances with a lead, so he left the game.
— Zack (@QueensIceZ) October 9, 2016
Apparently, Hendricks wanted to remain in the game.
Kyle Hendricks is out after getting hit on the arm by a comebacker. Tried to talk himself into the game, but Joe Maddon took the ball.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 9, 2016
The good news is that Hendricks doesn’t have any ligament damage, and was diagnosed with a bruised arm.
X-rays on Kyle Hendricks' right forearm were negative. It's a bruise. #Cubs
— Rick Morrissey (@MorrisseyCST) October 9, 2016
The Cubs bullpen stepped up in Hendricks’ absence, though, and Chicago looks to be on its way to a 2-0 series lead.