I don’t even want to get into the implications or how the day was going or any of that crap. Because right now, this is just such a scary scene.
Nico Hoerner was going out to catch a pop up, Ian Happ was coming in hard, and it was a tweener where no one could quite call for it. Happ went low and caught all of Hoerner’s lower half into his midseason and maybe his head, too (he had a bloody nose). Hoerner eventually was up and seemingly OK, but Happ stayed down for a long time. He eventually stood up with help, but then had to sit back down, and that’s when the cart came out to get him.
A collision between Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ pic.twitter.com/UyTdV5K5hy
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken) May 2, 2021
Hopefully Happ will be OK. We don’t have any further information at this time, and will update when available.
In the aftermath, the Cubs, out of position players, had to move Kris Bryant to center, Nico Hoerner to left, Tony Wolters to second, and Willson Contreras had to come in to catch, even though he was not quite at 100% yet. You hate to see that part.
UPDATE: I don’t want to get too optimistic too quickly, but this is a good start:
Ross talked to Happ after the game but has not talked to Cubs trainers yet:
"He feels fine. Pretty good blow to the face. I haven't heard the doctor's report yet but I did talk to Ian and he's in good spirits."
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 2, 2021