The Chicago Cubs sidelined Third Basemen Kris Bryant for the second straight game on Sunday in their game against the Cincinnati Reds. Bryant is dealing with a sore left shoulder, however, the Cubs have stated that they do not believe that this injury and issue will require a trip to the disabled list or cause him to miss any lengthy amount of time from the field.
Bryant stated that his shoulder has been sore for the past week and said that he believes it is the result swinging the baseball bat too much. Bryant has appeared in 66 games this year and has 264 at-bats for the Chicago Cubs. The games aren’t where he believes the issue has developed, he thinks its more of the fact that he has spent a lot more time in the batting cage over the past month.
Bryant has sort of struggled over the last month, hitting just .267 batting average and just one home run in the entire month of June. In addition to having low batting average and home run numbers in June, he also has a terrible slugging percentage, which is .373 and .112 points lower than his 2018 average. Bryant went 0-4 on Friday Night in his last game with the Cubs with three strikeouts.
The Cubs took the field on Sunday trying to avoid being swept by the Cincinnati Reds over four games and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game. That lead was short-lived as the Reds came charging back and pummeled the Cubs with seven runs in the 7th inning to put them over the Cubs and complete the four-game sweep over Chicago.
The Cubs have now lost seven of their last ten games overall and are on the four-game losing streak heading into their series beginning on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs are now 42-33 overall and are sitting just 2.5 games back in the National League Central Division behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs have been the poster child for injuries this year, and more recently have continued to drop players off their roster. Tyler Chatwood was expected to start on Sunday but had to fly back home to Chicago, Illinois for the birth of his and his wife’s first-born child. In addition to losing Chatwood for a few days, the Cubs placed Rob Zastryzny on the 10 day DL for lower back stiffness.
The Cubs will re-evaluate Bryant on Monday prior to the start of their series with the Dodgers. If Bryant is still feeling the soreness in the shoulder, the Cubs may choose to use the 10 disabled list tag on him and backdate the start date to Saturday. This would give Bryant the extra time away and give him the additional time needed to rest up the shoulder. Manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t think the disabled list would be needed but it is still an option. Maddon said that Bryant is “pretty resilient” and felt that he would be able to overcome the injury without a stint on the DL.