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Kris Bryant has funny quote about lengthy injury absence

Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been out since June 22 with a shoulder problem, and it’s safe to say he’s not used to sitting around for that long.

Bryant joked on Sunday that he hasn’t been away from baseball this long since his mother last grounded him.

Bryant has been very durable during his MLB career to date. In his three seasons, he’s never played in fewer than 151 games, but that streak will end thanks to his injury this season.

The good news for Bryant? It appears he is getting close to a return, so his time in baseball purgatory will soon be at an end.

Kris Bryant could be nearing rehab assignment

Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs are hoping to get third baseman Kris Bryant back in the fold fairly soon.

According to team president Theo Epstein, Bryant had no issues with his batting practice session on Friday, and while the Cubs are still working on a plan going forward, a rehab assignment may be in his future.

Bryant hasn’t played since June 22 with a lingering shoulder problem. That issue had been bothering him for a long time, so don’t expect the Cubs to rush him.

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.

Watch: Kris Bryant takes advantage of shift by stealing third

Kris Bryant

Jake Arrieta is going to be fuming over what happened to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

The Phillies were in Chicago taking on the Cubs at Wrigley Field and trailing 1-0 when Anthony Rizzo walked. Kris Bryant was on first and was running on the pitch, so the Phillies threw down to second. Realizing that there was a defensive shift on and nobody was covering third, a heads-up Bryant decided to take the extra base.

Both Bryant and Rizzo scored that inning as the Cubs added two more runs that inning to extend their lead to 3-0.

So why would Arrieta be upset? The Phillies pitcher was critical of his team over the weekend and specifically complained about their defensive shifts. Bryant certainly burned them in this case.

Kris Bryant returns to lineup after missing four games

After nearly a weeklong absence, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is back in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup Saturday.

After getting hit in the head with a 96 MPH fastball last Sunday in Colorado, Bryant sat out four games, but he’s back in for the Cubs on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bryant was never diagnosed with a concussion after a pitch hit his helmet, but the Cubs handled their prized third baseman with an abundance of caution, and understandably so. He had been off to a fine start to 2018, hitting .319 so far this season.

Kris Bryant leaves game after being hit in head by pitch

Kris Bryant exited Sunday’s game after a pitch struck his batting helmet.

During the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies, a pitch from German Marquez hit the head of the Cubs star.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon and members of the training staff immediately came out to check on Bryant, who was obviously shaken up. Bryant was removed from the game and replaced by David Bote.

Bryant has blossomed into one of baseball’s biggest stars. He is a two-time All-Star and won the National League MVP in 2016. In 18 games this season, Bryant is hitting .319 with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Kris Bryant destroys Instagram hater with epic clapback

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant already has a National League MVP in his trophy case, and now he might be able to add a Social Media MVP to it as well.

The Chicago Cubs third baseman recently took to Instagram to post a picture of himself hitting the golf course with professional golfer Scott Piercy.

Solid round @summitclubnv with @scottpiercypga!

A post shared by Kris Bryant (@kris_bryant17) on

Well, a user named “bighig44” took it upon himself to hop into the comments section of Bryant’s post and wrote, “Man, hit the weight room instead of the green, pretty boy. You could have the power of [Aaron] Judge or [Giancarlo] Stanton if you put on another 20lbs, and you’d still look pretty. What a waste.”

Unfortunately for him however, Bryant was not here for the slander and promptly hit back with an epic response.

Bryant replied “@bighig44 I think I’ve had a pretty decent 3 years all while looking pretty doing it. Save it pal.”

Indeed, Bryant, 25, has racked up a Rookie of the Year Award, an MVP, two All-Star appearances, and a World Series ring, all in his first three seasons in the MLB. He has also averaged 31 home runs and 91 RBIs a year in that span. Thus, bighig44, who appears to have since deleted his comment, may need some aloe vera for the biggest burn we’ve seen on this side of Marcin Gortat.

Kris Bryant explains Bryce Harper’s Instagram hashtag

Bryce Harper

Kris Bryant thinks you shouldn’t read too much into Bryce Harper’s Instagram.

The Chicago Cubs third baseman shrugged off Harper’s “Back2BackOneday” hashtag, attributing it to the Washington Nationals outfielder just having fun.

“Not much at all,” Bryant told 670 The Score’s Bernstein and Goff Show when asked how much the pair had discussed their futures. “With us coming to town to play them, I’m sure he was getting a bunch of questions about the whole story of him coming to play for the Cubs one day. And I don’t think he’s ever said it, that he wants to (play for the Cubs). I don’t think he’s ever mentioned it. I think he’s just having a whole lot of fun with it.

“We haven’t really talked about (the future). We haven’t played together since we were probably maybe 10 or 11. It would be a lot of fun for us if we were on the same team in the big leagues.”

The two are both from Las Vegas and played together as kids. There have even been some rumors that Harper wants to join up with Bryant on the Cubs when he becomes a free agent after 2018. It all seems far-fetched, and Bryant seems to be indicating that Harper is just being a troll.

Report: MLB wants Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo in Home Run Derby

Major League Baseball wants a Chicago Cubs slugger involved in the Home Run Derby.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the league is lobbying Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo to participate in the Derby in Miami.

So far, Stanton is the only confirmed participant in this year’s competition. Youngsters Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge have also received invitations.

Rizzo might be more realistic than Bryant, who just suffered a minor injury. The third baseman may want to avoid the contest in light of that.

There’s no word on whether Rizzo — who has 18 home runs in 2017 — would be interested in participating.

Kris Bryant expected to be out through weekend

Kris Bryant Cubs

Kris Bryant may have been optimistic about avoiding a DL stint, but apparently the Chicago Cubs are a little more concerned about the status of their third baseman.

Bryant sprained his ankle on Wednesday, though the reigning MVP said Thursday he was feeling better and hopeful he would avoid the DL.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon apparently feels otherwise.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddon said Bryant is likely to be out through the weekend. The Cubs have an off day on Monday, meaning Bryant might not be back until Tuesday at the earliest. The team apparently is considering a DL stint for their slugger.

Jeimer Candelario started at third base in Bryant’s place on Thursday. He slugged his first career home run in Chicago’s 5-4 win over Washington.