Cubs pro­mote phe­nom Bryant

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

The highly an­tic­i­pated Kris Bryant era will start Fri­day at Wrigley Field.

Af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial three weeks in which the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect was sent to triple-A Iowa de­spite a dom­i­nant spring train­ing, team of­fi­cials have elected to pro­mote him to the ma­jors, a per­son con­firmed to the Chicago Tri­bune on Thurs­day night.

Bryant will take the ros­ter spot of third base­man Mike Olt, who will be placed on the 15-day dis­abled list af­ter get­ting struck on the right wrist by a pitch Satur­day against the Colorado Rock­ies.

Bryant’s pro­mo­tion was re­vealed shortly af­ter he hit a three­run home run in the sixth in­ning of Iowa’s 10-7 win at New Or­leans. Bryant bat­ted .321 with three home runs and 10 runs bat­ted in for Iowa.

He bat­ted .425 with nine home runs in only 40 at-bats in spring train­ing. He will make his de­but against the San Diego Padres. Etc.

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als re­liever Craig Stam­men has a torn flexor ten­don in his right fore­arm that re­quires surgery and could force him to miss the rest of the sea­son. ... Philadel­phia Phillies first base­man Ryan Howard was dropped from fourth to sev­enth in the lineup for Thurs­day’s game against the Na­tion­als, the low­est in the or­der he’s bat­ted in al­most 10 years. Howard, who came into the game bat­ting .148, went one for three.

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