Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is getting closer to a return, and he expects to have an impact on this year’s pennant race.
Bryant hopes to be back in the Cubs’ lineup by the end of the month, and he expects to be healthy enough to contribute after three or four rehab games.
“Just looking at the schedule, I think the amount of games we have left is plenty of time to get ready for hopefully a long playoff run, and hopefully I might be a little more rested than some of my teammates because they’ve been out there grinding every day,” Bryant said, via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Hopefully I can provide that nice little push and cause some separation between ourselves and some of the other [teams] out there and all through the playoffs. But I guess it’s yet to be seen.
“I expect the same impact I’ve always had. I’m just going to go out there and be myself, and I know that’s pretty good to me.”
Bryant, who last played on July 23, says he’s pain-free in his shoulder. The Cubs look playoff-bound no matter what, but his return should solidify that for them.
There won’t be any rush to bring Bryant back. The Cubs are doing well without him, and his previous return to action didn’t last long. In total, he’s played just ten games since June 22. There’s no obvious damage to Bryant’s shoulder, and it sounds like he’s progressing toward a return.
Kris Bryant got some positive news about his shoulder on Friday.
A second MRI on Bryant’s shoulder showed no structural damage. Bryant also does not think he will need offseason surgery on his shoulder.
Bryant: 2nd MRI showed same results as first (no structural damage). Scoffed at the idea offseason surgery would even be an option. Bryant got cortisone shot this week (also had one last month when went on DL then).
Bryant was placed on the DL Thursday, marking his second DL stint of the season. The 26-year-old third baseman is batting .276 with an .854 OPS for the Chicago Cubs this season despite dealing with shoulder pain since May. Cubs manager Joe Maddon recently spoke about the matter as a situation Bryant would have to deal with the rest of the year.
Bryant is missing his second consecutive game on Wednesday, and it’s not clear when he’ll return to the lineup. Maddon said Tuesday that rest is the best way to handle this, but the Cubs are reluctant to give in if he can play through it. For the moment, it doesn’t look like he’s capable of doing so.
Bryant is hitting .276 with 11 home runs despite the nagging shoulder issue. It may just be best to shut him down for a while to have him as healthy as possible for the stretch run.
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant continues to be hampered by a left shoulder injury, and manager Joe Maddon isn’t sounding very reassuring.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Maddon offered a fairly concerning quote about Bryant’s health.
“Rest would be the best thing for him now, but we’re not necessarily ready to do that,” said Maddon, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. “For right now, it’s trying to manage it and get him through the season.”
The righty-hitting Bryant, who was held out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Arizona, missed nearly three weeks with nagging pain in the shoulder before the All-Star break. While he did play in the Cubs’ first six games of the second half, he still does not appear to be over the issue.
Bryant still has a fairly strong slash line of .276/.380/.474 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 76 games. But Cubs fans likely don’t want to hear any references to “getting him through the season,” especially since the usually durable former NL MVP sounded upbeat about his health just a couple of weeks ago.
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.
Theo said Kris Bryant felt really good in his cage hitting session. A rehab assignment possible. They will formulate a plan going forward . Bryant has been on DL with a sore shoulder for two weeks .
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.
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.
For most teams, we’re a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and right about at the point that teams can begin assessing what their prospects are. It’s also a point where we can review performances to date and look at who’s struggling and who’s starring for each team. Here, we’re going to be focusing on the players who have led their teams, no matter how the club is doing in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the best player for each MLB team so far in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks — A.J. Pollock, OF
A couple of pitchers have a case here, but in a year where the Arizona offense has been surprisingly underwhelming, Pollock has carried them. The outfielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles, easily pacing the team in OPS. Unfortunately he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks with a thumb injury, because he was working on a potential MVP season before that.