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Cubs' Bryant hit in head by pitch, exits game

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DENVER -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Sunday's game in Colorado in the first inning after getting hit in the head by a fastball from Rockies pitcher German Marquez.

Bryant's glasses flew off and his helmet spun around on his head as the pitch hit him around the forehead area. Bryant appeared stunned as manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs' training staff attended to him. He walked off the field very slowly, with one arm around head athletic trainer PJ Mainville and the other around assistant athletic trainer Matt Johnson.

Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Bryant passed tests and had no signs of a concussion. He suffered a small laceration near his left eye from his sunglasses and will continue to be monitored.

An ensuing argument, presumably about the intent of the pitch, got Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis ejected from the game. After Davis' ejection, Cubs assistant hitting coach Andy Haines threw his drink toward the umpire on the field and was also ejected.

David Bote ran for Bryant at first base.

The Cubs followed the HBP with four hits, scoring three times, all with two outs. They went on to beat the Rockies 9-7.

Bryant, 26, was hitting .319 with a .461 on-base percentage before getting hit on the 1-2 pitch, a 96 mph fastball.

He won the National League MVP award in 2016, the year the Cubs won the World Series.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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