Bryant gets in­jec­tion in wrist

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER | @Russ_Dorsey1

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.

MARK BLACK/AP

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.

TONY DEJAK/AP

Kris Bryant jammed his left wrist try­ing to make a div­ing catch on Aug. 12.

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