Chicago Cubs pitcher Kris Bryant is out for the 2017 World Championship after suffering a strained hamstring and right quadriceps injury in Game 1 of the World Series, the team announced Thursday.
Bryant was expected to start Game 2 on Saturday at the AT&T Park.
The Cubs lost their second straight World Series in six years to the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Bryant will not return for the postseason and is likely to miss several weeks of action.
“We want Kris to be ready for the World Championship and we’re excited about him getting the chance to play,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said in a statement.
Bryant, 27, started Game 1 for the Cubs and allowed one hit and struck out five batters while allowing three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
He had one of the best starts of his career, allowing only two runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings.
“Kris is a tremendous athlete, has tremendous arm talent, and is a big reason why we’re winning now,” Hoyer added.
Bryant suffered the injury during a two-out, two-run third inning.
“The fact that Kris has been able to go out there and play through the injury is a testament to his dedication to this team,” Hinson said.
The team is also keeping tight tabs on Bryant, who has been playing catch-up at the plate in recent months, but is not expected to miss much time.
“There’s no question he has a lot of work to do.
He’s a player who needs to stay focused on that game,” Hisser said.
“He needs to be patient and wait for his opportunity to play.
He has to be more aggressive.
But he’s been great at getting back out there.”
The Cubs are expected to open the World Cup of Baseball on Sept. 15 in Seattle, and Bryant is expected to play a key role in that effort.
Bryant had an impressive 2017 season, going 14-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 17 starts and going 13-1 with a 2.69 ERA in 13 relief appearances.
“As a veteran, you always want to play in your home market, especially in a World Series,” Bryant said after Game 1.
“But I’m excited to go and do it for my hometown team.”