Kris Bryant seems to be getting closer to a return to action for the Chicago Cubs.
Bryant had a light day on Thursday, but he will have a heavy day of batting practice on Friday, according to The Score’s Bruce Levine.
Light day for Kris Bryant . He will have a heavy day of BP on Friday
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 23, 2018
Bryant has not played since July 23 because of a shoulder injury that has bothered him since May. The former NL MVP said two weeks ago that he is no longer feeling pain in his shoulder. He also said he expects to return in time to impact the pennant race, so this is another sign that he is getting closer.
If all goes well with Bryant’s heavy day of batting practice, he could be sent out on a rehab assignment soon thereafter. A September return to the lineup seems like it could be a possibility.
Bryant is batting .276 with an .854 OPS in 76 games this season.
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.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant appears to be getting closer to a return to action.
Bryant addressed the media on Saturday and said his injured shoulder is feeling better. He has been allowed to swing a bat again, and isn’t feeling any pain in his shoulder anymore.
#Cubs Bryant was finally allowed to swing a bat. He's just doing dry swings but it's another step
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 11, 2018
Best of all, Bryant doesn't feel any pain in his shoulder. #Cubs
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 11, 2018
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).
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 27, 2018
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.
Things are not going according to plan for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.
Manager Joe Maddon admitted Bryant could return to the disabled list as the shoulder injury that had already sidelined him for three weeks continues to bother him.
Maddon not sure if Bryant will be available Thursday, as for possibility of DL stint: “it’s not impossible. Everything is in play.” Darvish to throw off a mound again this weekend in STL
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) July 25, 2018
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.
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.
Kris Bryant . “This is the longest time I have missed playing baseball since my Mom grounded me “
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 8, 2018
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.