Decision time coming for the Cubs and Kris Bryant


Decision time coming for the Cubs and Kris Bryant

Could we see Kris Bryant this weekend at Wrigley Field?

Team president Theo Epstein wouldn’t rule out that possibility as the Cubs play shorthanded at third base and Bryant nears the end of his service-time sentence at Triple-A Iowa.

“I don’t want to speculate,” Epstein said Tuesday. “It depends on what’s happening with the roster, what’s happening with his development.

“We don’t know yet. Every day, check in with the trainers, check in with the manager, check in with the development guys, watch the video, see where we’re at and put it all together.”

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Bryant Watch is a daily thing now that the Cubs have burned through 10 of the 12 days needed to push his free agency back until after the 2021 season.

Injuries to Tommy La Stella and Mike Olt have forced questions about whether or not Bryant could make his big-league debut as soon as Friday against the San Diego Padres.

In the meantime, the Cubs placed La Stella on the disabled list with right rib cage inflammation and called up lefty Zac Rosscup from Iowa to bolster the bullpen before Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs held Olt out of the lineup, elevating utility guy Jonathan Herrera and forcing outfielder Chris Coghlan to get in some extra work at his old position. The Cubs are still monitoring Olt’s wrist after the Opening Day third baseman got hit with a 96-mph fastball over the weekend at Coors Field.

In a perfect world, the Cubs would prefer to have Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect debut on the road, away from Wrigleyville’s three-ring circus. That’s why insiders have suggested next week’s trip through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati as a likely spot for Bryant to join the team.

But if the Olt situation drags out for a few more days…

“You rarely have a roster with 25 fully healthy guys,” Epstein said. “And some days you need more ‘pen protection. Other days, you need a position player. So we just kind of go day-by-day and assess where we are.

“As far as Kris, the whole point of sending him down was to let him get into a good rhythm. They’ve just started their season. He’s doing that. But you also have to pay attention to what’s going on with the big-league club.

“You can’t plan everything out the way you want it. We’ll just see what happens. But right now, we’re thinking about today’s game and the fact that an extra reliever would really come in handy.”

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Bryant apparently hasn’t experienced an emotional letdown since the Cubs made the business decision to send him to the minors. After dominating the Cactus League with nine homers in 40 at-bats, he’s gone 7-for-13 with two homers and six RBI in his last three games at Iowa.

It also sounds like Epstein isn’t obsessing over Bryant the way Cubs fans and the Chicago media are.

“There’s enough of that going around right now,” Epstein said.

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs manager David Ross learned on Monday of the previous night’s unrest in downtown Chicago from his players. Some lived close enough for it to wake them up.

“I just listened to their stories,” Ross said. “I just feel like every day there’s something new. And I hope … our world gets back to being better in so many ways: health, society, emotionally, trying to get back to loving one another as best we can, as human beings.”

Police, responding to a call about a man with a gun, shot a young man in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. According to police, the individual was 20 years old and shot first as he fled from a confrontation. The officers returned fire. The young man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown.

CPD Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley told reporters that misinformation about the age of the individual spread. Investigators said the same misinformation sparked the destruction downtown in the early hours of Monday morning.

Hundreds of people gathered downtown, vandalizing and looting stores along the Magnificent Mile and surrounding areas. More than 100 people were arrested. A civilian and a private security guard were shot, according to the Chicago Tribune. Thirteen police officers were injured.

“There's so much tension in the world right now,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said, “between the economy, unemployment numbers and COVID, just a constant sense of anxiety is over your daily lives, that violence… is going to happen with all this tension.

“And I think that the hope is that we can release that tension here hopefully soon, whether it's through a vaccine, or through controlling the virus better or improving the economy because with so much tension on everyone's lives right now, it's a sad end result of what's happening.”