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Keston Hiura leaves Friday’s game in fifth inning with left hamstring discomfort

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Collision in third inning may have led to Hiura’s eventual departure.

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Friday started a critical series against the Cubs, as the Brewers look to make a push over the last month of the series. However, that stretch took a tough turn, as one of their best players came out of the game.

In the third inning, Keston Hiura collided with Kyle Schwarber to end the inning. At the time, he seemed ok, but two innings later, he was obviously hurting from the injury. He was removed from the game, though no immediate word was available on the severity of the injury. It’s also uncertain whether or not the collision was the cause of or contributed to the injury.

If Hiura is out for an extended period of time, it would be a major blow to the Brewers offense. Entering today, he was batting .304/.373/.578 with 16 home runs in 69 games this season. The duties would likely go to Hernan Perez and Cory Spangenberg for now, which would be a bigger step down from Hiura, and could make it even harder to make a late season push for the Brewers.

UPDATE: The Brewers officially listed the reason for Hiura’s departure as “left hamstring discomfort”. We should hear more after the game.