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‘Relief’: Cody Bellinger, Cubs feel they avoided worst-case scenario in spectacular catch

11 months agoAndy Martinez

HOUSTON — Immediately after Cody Bellinger made a spectacular catch in center field to rob Kyle Tucker of extra bases and the Astros of another run in the 7th inning, his mind raced.

“You think the worst situation right away,” Bellinger said.

Bellinger’s left knee seemingly locked as he landed, and he took a few moments before he stood up. The Cubs held their collective breaths, with manager David Ross and head athletic trainer Nick Frangella going out to center field to check on him.

“I just came down a little awkward,” Bellinger said.

Miles Mastrobuoni pinch-hit for him to lead off the top of the 8th inning, but as time went on, he realized it wasn’t as bad as he feared or as it looked.

“Relief, a lot of it,” Bellinger said after the game. “A little scared at first, but as time went on, I knew that it was fine.”

Bellinger underwent a litany of preliminary tests and the early prognosis is favorable.

“Doc checked him out, seems like — nothing major,” Ross said. “We’ll see how he wakes up in the morning. He’s icing it now and see how he presents in the morning. All the checks the doc did, ligaments and things seem to be OK.”

It took the breath out of an outstanding play. Tucker laced a 104.5 mph ball to dead center that looked like a possible home run, or at least extra bases. But Bellinger had a solid read on the ball and sprinted to the wall, knowing the play would be at the fence.

“Once I get to the wall it’s all about timing the jump and I just tried to reach for it. It’s a high fence,” Bellinger said.

Luckily for the Cubs, he made the catch and seemed to avoid the “worst situation.”

“It feels good,” Bellinger said. “A little sore, but all the tests checked out.”

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