MESA, Ariz. – Cubs outfielder Junior Lake went down hard at second base after hitting his head colliding with Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips while advancing on a wild pitch during the fourth inning of the Cubs-Reds game at Sloan Park in Mesa Friday.
Phillips was leaping for a wide throw as Lake arrived at the base. Phillips was unhurt.
Lake, who’s trying to rebound from a poor season and make a much-improved club out of spring training, lay on the ground for a couple minutes being tended to a team trainer.
After being helped up, he left the field under his own power.
Lake suffered only a bruised forehead, said the club, and appeared to be fine.
Albert Almora replaced Lake in the game.