Coming and Going: Bryant's Elbow "Swelled Up," Heyward Wanted to Stay Away in Case it Was a COVID Situation

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Coming and Going: Bryant’s Elbow “Swelled Up,” Heyward Wanted to Stay Away in Case it Was a COVID Situation

Chicago Cubs

A couple injury-type updates before tonight’s game, with Jason Heyward returning to the lineup and Kris Bryant sitting out from it.

Although he was able to continue playing last night after the elbow-padless HBP right on the left elbow, Bryant was feeling the effects after the game, according to David Ross.

You may not recall, given the wrist/finger issue, that Bryant actually dealt briefly with a left elbow issue early in the season. So it would make sense that the Cubs would be extra cautious there, but at the same time, it really sucks that’s where he happened to get hit. Hopefully he gets tonight, and is back tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Jason Heyward is back in the lineup tonight after exiting Sunday’s game and then missing a couple days not feeling well. No one wants to speculate when it comes to illness, but in the era of COVID-19, there are absolutely other considerations – some of them dictated by the protocols – for a player when he doesn’t feel right.

Turns out, Heyward was indeed thinking of his teammates when he started to feel ill:

Good news all around, and hopefully Heyward is feeling physically well-rested in addition to having the peace of mind.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.