I’m certainly not going to grouse about Kris Bryant potentially missing this weekend’s series against the Cardinals, given that – at the moment he suffered his hand injury against the Braves on Wednesday – it looked highly likely that he was going to be out for a very long time.
Still, both Bryant and Joe Maddon left open a glimmer of hope that he might return this weekend against the Cardinals.
That glimmer is very small at this point:
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Kris Bryant is day to day with sprained finger. Probably won't play Saturday. Maybe not Sunday.
— Paul Skrbina (@ChiTribSkrbina) July 21, 2017
Maddon says Bryant is doubtful for tomorrow and likely Sunday too. Says his hand is still sore
— David Schuster (@Schumouse) July 21, 2017
Joe Maddon says No Kris Bryant today, and "Probably not tomorrow. Maybe Sunday." Day to day with a left finger sprain.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) July 21, 2017
Again, given how the injury looked, getting Bryant back on, say, Monday, having missed only three games, would be a pretty great outcome. The Cubs aren’t going to risk a serious injury or serious underperformance, so until Bryant feels good, he’ll sit. Hopefully those super human healing powers will kick in for Sunday or Monday.
The mildly good news here is that today’s matchup against Carlos Martinez was not a great one for Bryant anyway, and, in the short-term, Bryant sitting simply means an extra guy from the Zobrist/Baez/Happ/Almora/Jay/La Stella group plays. Sure, there’s absolutely a step down there, but it’s not the same as having to fill the void with a replacement-level player.