At least the Cubs are trying something? Or maybe it’s scary that something was required?
Here’s the deal on Kris Bryant’s balky knee:
Bryant cortisone shot Sunday. Out again today. Tuesday “wait and see.”
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) September 9, 2019
Generally speaking, cortisone shots can be really effective when successfully targeted, and when not masking a serious injury. When you get one, the pain and inflammation in a joint can be positively affected (thanks to The Father-In-Law’s recent injection for me being up on my deets!), but it’s going to have you out a couple days at least before you’re back to normal activities.
So, on the one hand, this is actually good news given how poorly Bryant has been playing through his knee injury, as we discussed today. Maybe the cortisone shot really does help, and it gets him through to the offseason when he can rest.
On the other hand, it’s concerning that the discomfort got to the point where this kind of treatment was required, and it reasonably does make you concerned that if this treatment is not effective, the Cubs might be left with a lesser Bryant the rest of the way (or no Bryant at all).
Bryant, Javy, Kimbrel, Russell … oh, and Willson Contreras has started just once since September 5 for some reason … injuries are FUN!