Hendricks leaves game in fourth after getting hit by line drive

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) checks on his arm after getting hit by a ball in the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks made an early exit from Game 2 of the NLDS Saturday.

Hendricks was hit on the pitching arm by Angel Pagan’s line drive in the fourth inning and suffered a bruised right forearm. X-Rays taken were negative.

After the Cubs training staff and manager Joe Maddon came out to check on him, Hendricks, a Cy Young candidate, took a couple of warm-up pitches, his first missing the strike zone by a foot or more. After more discussion with Maddon, he tried another warm-up pitch but was replaced by left-hander Travis Wood.

The Cubs led 4-2 in the fourth inning.

Hendricks allowed two runs in the third on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco’s RBI double and Brandon Belt’s sacrifice fly. After Hendricks retired the first two Giants in the fourth, Pagan hit a liner off Hendricks, hitting him on the lower part of his arm. Hendricks retrieved the ball but Pagan beat the throw to first for a single.

<em>Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, checks on starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) after Hendricks was hit by a ball on his right forearm arm. Hendricks left with a contusion.  (AP) <br></em>

Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, checks on starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) after Hendricks was hit by a ball on his right forearm arm. Hendricks left with a contusion. (AP)

Wood came on and struck out Conor Gillaspie for the third out.

Wood then batted in the bottom of the fourth and hit a solo homer against George Kontos. Hendricks drove in two runs in the second with a single, giving Cubs pitchers three RBI.

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