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Kris Bryant dealt with nagging shoulder injury for a month

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant on Tuesday was placed on the disabled list due to his shoulder, which apparently had been bothering him for a month.

Bryant first injured his left shoulder on a slide last month, Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday, via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. According to Hoyer, Bryant initially kept the injury to himself.

“It’s the kind of shoulder injury you can manage and deal with until you can’t,” Hoyer said of the injury.

Bryant missed two games in the first half of June, and then he was finally placed on the DL after missing three in a row.

The former NL MVP only has one home run since May 15 after hitting eight before that. The lack of power seems to coincide with the timeline for his shoulder injury. For the season, the Cubs third baseman is batting .280 with an .864 OPS, which is just shy of his .908 career mark.

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