Kris ex­as­per­ated by wrist in­jury

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

It has been a frus­trat­ing first month for Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant, and his frus­tra­tions only have been ex­ac­er­bated by his lat­est in­jury.

The Cubs put Bryant on the 10-day in­jured list Satur­day with a sprained left ring fin­ger and a sore left wrist.

‘‘I am frus­trated that I’m not able to get out there and play base­ball,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘This is a weird time that we’re in right now. Sure, it would be nice just to get out there and have some nor­malcy, but I’m here for sup­port. Help those who are strug­gling, feel like a good men­tor to those peo­ple who need it. I’m hop­ing to be back out there real soon.’’

Bryant in­jured the fin­ger and wrist while try­ing to make a div­ing catch Aug. 12 against the In­di­ans, but he ad­mit­ted he thought things would be fine af­ter blast­ing a 430-foot home run later in the game.

But the wrist got pro­gres­sively worse in the days that fol­lowed, and af­ter try­ing to play through the pain for six games, Bryant needed an in­jec­tion Tues­day.

‘‘I was telling [first base­man An­thony] Rizzo in the on-deck cir­cle [in Cleve­land], ‘I don’t feel great,’ but I didn’t want to come out,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘And then, of course, you hit a home run. You’re on that home-run high, and you feel great.

‘‘It just pro­gres­sively speeds up on you. You’re squeez­ing the glove in the out­field. I was like: ‘Oh, man. Yeah, this hurts, but I feel great.

I just hit a home run.’ So it’s hard to balance those feel­ings.’’

Bryant said he is work­ing to im­prove the range of motion in his wrist while he’s out. He said the pain in the wrist comes when he’s fin­ish­ing his swing at the point of ex­ten­sion. The in­jury has af­fected his per­for­mance at the plate, as his .177/.271/.323 slash line shows.

‘‘The bot­tom hand is gonna be a lit­tle more im­por­tant in guid­ing the bat, es­pe­cially when the fin­ish on the swing has a lot of torque on that bot­tom hand,’’ man­ager David Ross said. ‘‘I think any kind of hand is­sue with the swing can play a big role, and it def­i­nitely was af­fect­ing Kris.

‘‘That’s why it’s just re­ally im­por­tant for us to give him the time he needs to get that thing fully healthy and come back and be the player that he ex­pects to be.’’

Bryant said he isn’t sure whether the rest and treat­ment he re­ceives while on the IL will elim­i­nate the pain in his wrist, but his goal is to be able to swing with­out any hes­i­ta­tion.

‘‘I don’t have the [an­swers] to that, and those are cer­tainly ques­tions I’ve asked the train­ers or team doc­tors — if it’s some­thing that will even­tu­ally go away,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘They don’t re­ally know, ei­ther.

‘‘It’s kind of just your symp­toms might pop up here and there, and then you just man­age it for what it is. If it gets any worse, then you can ad­dress it. I guess right now it is kind of a pain-symp­tom man­age­ment and mov­ing on from there.’’

‘‘I AM FRUS­TRATED THAT I’M NOT ABLE TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY BASE­BALL. THIS IS A WEIRD TIME THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW.” KRIS BRYANT

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