Kris Bryant should be back with the Chicago Cubs and maybe as soon as Wednesday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants. He played for the Tennessee Smokies Monday night and homered in his first game since June 22.
Bryant also drove in a run with an RBI-single, as his shoulder appears to be feeling pretty good after going on the disabled list with a shoulder issue that popped up after a head-first slide earlier in the season.
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After the game Bryant said his shoulder felt good, which is really the most important news after his two-hit night at Double-A.
“It bothered me when swinging and my follow-through because I’ve always had a big, long follow-through, and with big, long levers, sometimes things wear down, and that’s just kind of what it was,” Bryant said. “I’m glad that I said something when I did because if I just kept playing through it, it could have been a lot worse.”
“It’s responded great. I think we’ve really strengthened it and gotten it to where it needs to be,” Bryant said. “… Taking two weeks off is tough. It’s hard to get thrown right back into the fire like that. I thought coming down here and taking some at-bats in a no-pressure environment — obviously, I would love to help the team win — but for me, I just want to get that timing back.”
The plan is to have him re-join the Cubs out on the west coast if Bryant still feels good after his second rehab game Tuesday night.
Despite Monday’s 2-1 loss in 11 innings to the Giants, the Cubs have been able to go on a solid run even without Bryant, but his return certainly can’t come soon enough.