Bryant gets injection in wrist
The injuries continue to pile up for the Cubs, and star third baseman Kris Bryant is among the team’s walking wounded as he battles a variety of injuries.
Bryant’s most recent ailment, in his left wrist, has bothered him since he jammed it attempting to make a diving catch while playing left field against Cleveland on Aug. 12.
While Bryant has stayed in the lineup amid the injury, he was not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday after receiving an injection in his wrist. Before Tuesday’s game, manager David Ross said Bryant will be out the next two days as they wait and see how he responds to treatment.
“I listen to the players and the doctors and the experts,” Ross said. “If we thought it was best for us to put Kris on the IL, we would put [him] there. But I think the best thing for Kris and the Cubs right now is kind of wait and see. … We’ll wait until after the off-day and see where he’s at.”
The litany of injuries has limited Bryant, and the former National League MVP hasn’t looked like himself at the plate. The slugger is hitting .177/.271/.323 this season with two home runs and four RBI.
“He’s battling a lot of things right now,” Ross said on Monday.
“It’s hard to talk about the swing, and you know, you want to have results. He definitely wants to have results, and he expects to be great.
“He’s been a great player in his career. I think he’s got some bumps and bruises and just trying to grind it out for the guys. I give a lot of credit to that, to be honest with you. It’d be easy for him to sit out till he felt 100 percent. He’s not, he’s out there grinding, playing good defense. Attitude has been good. We’re all going to struggle, and it’s just right now it’s what he’s going through.”
Souza to IL, Pérez selected
The Cubs placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday’s game with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Aug. 17. He was scratched before Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader after feeling tightness in the hamstring.
Souza was batting .190 with two doubles, one homer and five RBI in nine games this season.
In a corresponding move, the Cubs purchased the contract of utility man Hernán Pérez from their alternate training site in South Bend.
To make room for Pérez on the 40-man roster, left-hander Brad Wieck was placed on the 45-day IL with a left knee/meniscus injury. Wieck originally went on the injured list on July 26 after suffering a right hamstring strain.
Cubs second baseman Jason Kipnis turns to finish a double play with a throw over the Cardinals’ Dexter Fowler during the second inning on Tuesday.
Kris Bryant jammed his left wrist trying to make a diving catch on Aug. 12.