Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder) said there’s no timetable for his return, but he is “totally confident” he will play again this season. He is taking ground balls and “stages of” dry swings without a baseball.
“It’s going slow, but that seems to be the smart thing to do,” he said.
Bryant, 26, has been sidelined since July 24. He believes his shoulder has been adversely affected by taking too many “violent” swings in pregame work.
Mariners: Felix Hernandez vowed his first-ever stint in Seattle’s bullpen won’t last long.
“I’ll be a starter before the end of the year,” he said. “No question about it.”
The struggling Mariners ace has made 398 career starts in 14 seasons, never once pitching in relief. He was bumped from the rotation Thursday night, the latest setback in a tough year in which he has a career-high 5.73 ERA and is 0-4 in his last five starts.
Indians: DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion was examined because of discomfort in his left biceps, and manager Terry Francona said the club was awaiting MRI results before making a decision on whether to put him on the 10-day DL. Encarnacion, 35, has struggled since being hit by a pitch on the right hand before the All-Star break.
Rockies: 3B Nolan Arenado (right shoulder strain) was kept out of the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers, but Colorado remains hopeful he’ll avoid a DL stint. Manager Bud Black said Arenado would continue to be available to pinch hit.