This is one of those “hmmm” situations. There’s no reason to worry, because he’s still playing in tonight’s lineup, but it does put it on your radar:
Kris Bryant will DH, Schwarber in left. Little tightness in Bryant’s left leg. Without a DH he would still be in the lineup.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) May 1, 2019
In other words, if this were an NL game, Bryant is playing through the issue. Which … I mean … that’s not great either, right? Look, I get that players play through stuff ALL THE TIME, and you’re always balancing the risk to their current performance and the risk of bigger injury against the value they can still provide today. I guess I just always skew to the side of extra caution.
For Bryant, the potential value is huge tonight. So, I get it. You’ve got the DH available, so if it’s a close call, why not just let Schwarber handle left? Is he really THAT much worse out there than Bryant? OK. Fine. This is fine.
But now I’m gonna be out here thinking about Bryant’s leg tightness every time he has to try to beat out a grounder or takes a step that looks anything but pristine as he makes his way off the field.
Bonus bummer is that Schwarber won’t get a chance to add to this insane stat tonight:
Most Home Runs as a National League DH
(All-Time – regular season)
10 Barry Bonds
10 Mike Piazza
9 KYLE SCHWARBER (playing DH tonight)
9 Matt Holliday
9 Jim Thome
8 Greg Vaughn
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 30, 2019