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Bryant left Giants-Braves game with right side tightness

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Kris Bryant in dugout

When the Giants went back on the field to play defense in the bottom of the first inning after a 35-minute rain delay at Truist Park in Atlanta on Friday night, Kris Bryant didn't return to his position at third base.

Manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after the Giants' 6-5 loss to the Braves that Bryant left the game with right side tightness.

Kapler said Bryant felt the tightness on a check swing during his at-bat in the first inning. He later flew out to right field and could be seen grimacing as he jogged down the first base line.

Bryant will be evaluated Saturday morning.

Bryant initially took the field in the bottom half of the inning, but then the skies opened up over the ballpark in the middle of Dansby Swanson's at-bat, causing the grounds crew to pull the tarp onto the field.

Kapler said the coaching staff made the decision before the rain delay to remove Bryant from the game.

When the game resumed, Wilmer Flores moved from first base to third base, Darin Ruf moved from left field to first base and LaMonte Wade Jr. entered the game in left field.

Wade Jr. went 0-for-3 after with a strikeout after coming into the game.

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Bryant entered the game on a bit of a roll, having hit three homers in his previous five games. The Giants would prefer Bryant doesn't miss extended time, but as they've shown all season, they have enough versatility within the roster to make up for his absence.

 

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