UPDATE: X-rays came back negative on Kris Bryant's finger and the Cubs can breathe a huge sigh of relief for now.
Cubs: Bryant has sprain of pinky finger. X-rays negative. Will monitor next few days.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 19, 2017
The good vibes didn't even last a week for the Cubs.
After five straight wins to open the second half of the 2017 campaign, Kris Bryant was removed from the Cubs-Braves game after the top of the first inning.
He slid headfirst into third base and his left hand hit the shoe of Braves third baseman Johan Carmago.
Here's the full play:
Uh oh... pic.twitter.com/x1EpfckQSy— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) July 19, 2017
Bryant remained down on the field for some time in between innings and was immediately replaced by Tommy La Stella:
Kris Bryant has exited today's game in the 1st inning. Tommy La Stella takes over at 3B.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 19, 2017
We'll update when we have more information.
Cubs fans reacting to Kris Bryant leaving today's game with a hand/finger injury... pic.twitter.com/1khLWQmrpo— Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) July 19, 2017
Here is the slow-mo of the play. You can see the pain flash across Bryant's face immediately:
Kris Bryant left this afternoon's Cubs-Braves game after injuring his finger on this awkward headfirst slide. pic.twitter.com/hR9J92Kdmr— SI MLB (@si_mlb) July 19, 2017
Bryant had doubled with one out in the inning.
The reigning NL MVP was not named to the All-Star roster last week, but is hitting .275 on the season with a .401 on-base percentage and .528 slugging. His .929 OPS ranks 22 in baseball and 16th in the NL.
If he's forced to miss time, that would be a huge blow to the reigning World Series champs.
Hand/finger injuries have been sweeping across baseball this year, knocking out the game's top players. Angels outfielder Mike Trout missed nearly two months with a torn ligament in his thumb and Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa just hit the disabled list Wednesday with the same injury and figures to be sidelined until at least mid-September.