Jake Marisnick had waited all weekend for his turn to start. But before the Cubs even took an at-bat, he was limping off the field with some sort of leg injury.
With Wilmer Difo at the plate, a bloopy line drive flew out to center field, heading for a spot just out of the apparent reach of center fielder Jake Marisnick. But before he was able to make a play on the ball, Marisnick sort of crumbled/fell and stayed down as the play developed. After time was called, he immediately began walking/limping towards the dugout, effectively taking himself out of the game before the trainer even reached him.
Joc Pederson, sitting with a lefty on the mound, came out to replace him in the lineup, playing left field, while Kris Bryant moved over to center.
As a reminder, the Cubs are currently without Nico Hoerner, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, and Austin Romine on the position side.
UPDATE: It was a hamstring, which comes with a wide range of possible absences. He’s had hamstring issues before, too. More info this week, I expect.
Jake Marisnick exited today's game due to a right hamstring strain.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 9, 2021