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The Chicago Cubs avoided any serious injury with starter Kyle Hendricks, who had his X-rays return negative after taking a line drive off his right forearm during Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.

Hendricks, who was diagnosed with a contusion, was struck by a 94-mph line drive off the bat of San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan with two outs in the fourth inning. He finished the play but was unable to throw out Pagan at first base. He was then met at the mound by manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs’ training staff, and attempted to throw several warmup pitches before removing himself from the game.

“When it first hit me, I didn’t really feel it,” Hendricks said on the field postgame. “Hopefully it’s just a day-to-day thing.”

Travis Wood came on in relief and got the final out of the inning. Hendricks finished having allowed two runs off four hits in 3 2/3 innings while also collecting a two-RBI single.

The NL Cy Young candidate is coming off an exceptional regular season in which he went 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 190 innings.

(Courtesy: MLB.com)

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