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Cubs’ Addison Russell hit in head by pitch, leaves game

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, shown during a game Sept. 3, had to leave the game Sunday after he was struck in the head by a pitch.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, shown during a game Sept. 3, had to leave the game Sunday after he was struck in the head by a pitch.
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The Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell left Sunday’s game against Milwaukee during the third inning after he was hit on the head by a 94 mph pitch from Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser.

Russell’s helmet flew off as the ball hit near his left cheek and the Cubs’ shortstop fell to the ground.

Manager Joe Maddon and assistant athletic trainer Nick Frangella rushed to the plate, and Russell initially stayed in the game. Russell stole second base on the first pitch to David Bote and scored when Bote singled and right fielder Christian Yelich threw 20 feet to the first base side of the plate for an error.

Russell was replaced in the bottom half when Ian Happ entered to play third base and Bote moved from third to shortstop.

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