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Joe Maddon: Kris Bryant ‘fine’ after being plunked in head

Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was the victim of a fastball to the head on Sunday that caused him to leave the game and left him with a laceration over his left eye.

It was a scary scene when it happened (video here), but thankfully Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Bryant is “fine” now and could even play on Tuesday night.

Bryant had been evaluated for a concussion after the incident and was cleared. His helmet took the brunt of the pitch, and a frightening scene ended up being nothing more than a short-term deal.

So far this season, Bryant is off to a nice start, batting .319 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Chicago is treading water with a record of 10-9, good for just fourth place in the National League Central. Needless to say, they could use his bat on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians, who have ripped off three wins in a row.