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The Cubs had won nine of their last 11 games through July 8 de­spite be­ing with­out third base­man on the dis­abled list be­cause of a sore left shoul­der.

He was asked how long it has been since he wasn’t able to play base­ball.

“Maybe when my mom grounded me as a kid," Bryant said. "I can’t re­mem­ber a time when I’ve been forced to be away from the base­ball field. I’ve been re­ally fortunate. You’re go­ing to hit bumps in the road and this is cer­tainly one of them. You learn a lot along the way. You learn to take bet­ter care of your body.”

Bryant was sched­uled to start a re­hab as­sign­ment July 9 at Class AA (Ko­dak) Ten­nessee, and the Cubs hoped to have him back in their lineup some­time this week.

❚ Right-han­der (el­bow) still wasn’t able to throw as the week be­gan. “He’s still in that strength­en­ing mode,” pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions said.

Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish Theo Ep­stein

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Chicago third base­man Kris Bryant was sched­uled to start a re­hab as­sign­ment at Class AA (Ko­dak) Ten­nessee. The Cubs hoped to have him back some­time this week.

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