Sigh: Kris Bryant (Shoulder) Might Sit Out Tomorrow, Too (UPDATE: Doesn't Sound Great)

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Sigh: Kris Bryant (Shoulder) Might Sit Out Tomorrow, Too (UPDATE: Doesn’t Sound Great)

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When Joe Maddon went on 670 The Score this afternoon and explained that Kris Bryant would sit out of tonight’s game because his sore shoulder – which landed him on the DL once already this season – was acting up again, I wasn’t too concerned. But perhaps I should’ve been.

While Maddon’s breezy tone relieved the stresses I should’ve been feeling at the time, truth remained that Bryant just had an extended rest at the All-Star break, and, of course, was just on the disabled list, where more resting and healing was supposed to take place. But I told myself that it was only one game and it was a night game before a day game during a stretch with a TON of baseball being played. With a roster as versatile and loaded as the Cubs and a player as important to the future of the franchise as Bryant, why not be cautious for a single game, right?

Well, that might still be the case, but it sure seems less likely as reports have begun to trickle out that Bryant really is feeling it and might sit out tomorrow, too:

I suppose we’ll have to see where this goes – who knows, maybe he’ll wake up feeling better – but the Cubs have a pretty terrible track record with injuries that seem, at first, like they’ll be just a day or two, before they turn into much bigger problems. So, we’ll see. For now, I’d expect Bryant to sit out tomorrow and otherwise, we’ll just have to wait and see how he feels.

The most frustrating part about it is this sort of injury can completely sap him of his regular power, even when he feels good enough to play. We’ll just have to hope he can work through it long enough until he can return to his usual, MVP-self.

Mini-update from Joe Maddon sure makes it seem like an “abundance of caution” thing, but still:

UPDATE: This sure doesn’t sound like the way you want to hear a shoulder issue framed:

That makes it sound like they know Bryant isn’t going to be himself for the rest of the season until he gets a very long break (or surgery?). I guess we’ll have to get the full context.



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami