Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Wednesday vs. the Cardinals after exiting Tuesday's game early with right hamstring fatigue.
Bryant left Tuesday in the bottom of the fifth inning, and manager David Ross described him postgame as having "heavy legs." It was on Ross' radar before the game, he said Wednesday, adding he didn't want a serious problem to arise.
"He rolls over a groundball in the hole and he’s trying to stretch it out and something bad happens at first base," Ross said, hypothetically. "That’s me being irresponsible as a manager."
Bryant got up slow in left field after making a diving catch two innings before exiting Tuesday.
Ross had already been mapping out a day off for Bryant Wednesday. He had a short All-Star break after playing in the Midsummer Classic.
Ross added Bryant is "feeling good" and expects him to be available off the bench Wednesday while likely returning to the starting lineup Thursday.
"We’ll assess that as he gets through all the stuff with the trainers and get their feedback," Ross said.
Contributing from St. Louis: Gordon Wittenmyer