Contreras, Bryant get a breather

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF REPORTER rdorsey@suntimes.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

CINCIN­NATI — Catcher Will­son Contreras and third base­man

Kris Bryant got the night off in the Cubs’ 8-5 vic­tory Tues­day against the Reds.

It was just a normal day off for Contreras, but Bryant’s was more of a main­te­nance day. He has been deal­ing with some mi­nor bumps and bruises, man­ager David Ross said.

‘‘That was just a long game for [Contreras] last night,’’ Ross said Tues­day. ‘‘KB is deal­ing with a few lit­tle bumps and bruises. He’s got a lit­tle el­bow thing that I want to make sure we get on top of it im­me­di­ately and that it doesn’t be­come a big­ger is­sue.

‘‘He ex­tended out in front of a pitch a lit­tle bit on his left el­bow, but he’s not too con­cerned. He’s been deal­ing with a lot of lit­tle things.

‘‘Will­son, I saw last night just as a re­ally long game and a long travel day. You know, he worked his tail off last night with that pitch­ing staff, and I need that guy to be as fresh as he pos­si­bly can be. So, yeah, just a sched­uled day off.’’

Ross added that Bryant hasn’t had any tests on the el­bow but has been get­ting treat­ment from the train­ing staff.

Souza Jr. happy to be back

Out­fielder Steven Souza Jr. waited a long time to play in his first reg­u­lar-sea­son game since suf­fer­ing torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate and lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ments and a par­tially torn pos­te­rior col­lat­eral lig­a­ment and pos­te­rior lat­eral cap­sule in his left knee while slip­ping on home plate dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion game March 25, 2019.

Souza went 1-for-5 in the Cubs’ 8-7 vic­tory Mon­day against the Reds, with a two-run dou­ble in his first at-bat of 2020.

‘‘It was just over­whelm­ing,’’ Souza said of his first game back. ‘‘I think be­ing back, you know, [Cincin­nati] is where I had my surgery. And then the over­whelm­ing, like, sense of sup­port from all my team­mates just flooded me, and it just brought me back to be­ing thank­ful for all the peo­ple that im­pacted me. It was just a re­ally cool mo­ment.’’

Quin­tana up­date

Left-han­der Jose Quin­tana will throw his first bullpen ses­sion Wed­nes­day. Quin­tana had surgery to re­pair a cut of the sen­sory nerve in his left thumb July 2 and has been out since the start of sum­mer camp.

Quin­tana has been play­ing long toss from 105 feet, and pitch­ing coach Tommy Hot­tovy said bullpen sessions would be the next step in his re­hab after build­ing arm strength.

AP

The Cubs’ Javy Baez hits the first of his two home runs Wed­nes­day against the Reds. He had a solo shot in the sev­enth in­ning and a two-run blast in the ninth.

Kris Bryant

Will­son Contreras

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