Cubs Optimistic Kris Bryant's Oblique Injury Won't Require IL Stint, David Bote Also Dealing with "Minor Things"

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Cubs Optimistic Kris Bryant’s Oblique Injury Won’t Require IL Stint, David Bote Also Dealing with “Minor Things”

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The good news is that Kris Bryant woke up today feeling a lot better about his oblique issue. The bad news is that the Cubs don’t have the best track record when it comes to guys who have injuries, but don’t go on the Injured List, and then just kinda linger in that nebulous “not quite right” space. Heck, that’s been most of Bryant’s 2020 season.

Here’s the latest on Bryant:

It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Bryant to miss the final week – given how he’s looked – and then come back for game one of the postseason. He’ll need to be back before then.

Some not great news on Bryant’s main fill-in, too:

Bote is starting tonight, so it definitely must be a balance. There have been several games over the past two weeks where it didn’t make sense that Bote wasn’t starting, so this probably explains it. Rather unfortunate that, at the same time Bryant goes down, and the Cubs have a capable fill-in, he is also dealing with lingering issues. Neat. Cool. Postseason ho!

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.