After a couple weeks out of action, it became appropriate for Kris Bryant to hit up a minor league rehab assignment to test out the shoulder and get back into the swing of things, so to speak.
And, after what must have been a successful BP session yesterday, Bryant will indeed head out for a rehab assignment, per multiple reports. He’ll be joined at AA Tennessee by rehabbing lefty Brian Duensing, also working out a sore shoulder. Hopefully Bryant feels fine after a game or two, and could even re-join the Cubs before they are finished up in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Elsewhere on the roster, reliever Anthony Bass heads to the disabled list with an illness (retroactive to July 5), and righty James Norwood becomes the latest in the rotating cast of AAA relievers to join the big league team.
Bass, 30, has been incredibly successful at the big league level this year, posting a 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings, with a 1.38 FIP to match. Dude has flat out been very good, and hopefully the sickness is not too terribly serious – I get a little nervous when a guy goes on the DL with an illness, because that often means it was pretty bad, which can muck a guy up for a little while. At least the All-Star break is coming, so he’ll now get plenty of time to rest, if necessary.
Norwood, 24, was a hard-throwing 7th round pick for the Cubs back in 2014, and he’s steadily worked his way up the farm system since then. After dominating in relief at AA Tennessee to begin this season, he was recently promoted to Iowa, where the Cubs must have quickly deemed him ready to spend some of those bullets in the big leagues.