Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left the game at Pittsburgh after the second inning Monday, with right oblique tightness. He remains day-to-day, Cubs manager David Ross said after the game.
During his first at-bat that inning, Bryant stepped out of the batter’s box after a swing-and-miss, with his right side slumped. He winced as he moved it around.
Ross and an athletic trainer went out to check on Bryant, but after a conversation, Bryant finished his at-bat. He grounded out to third base. In the third inning, David Bote replaced Bryant in the field.
"I try to look at the positives in this seat in every aspect," Ross said, "and he did finish the bat, so that's a positive."
But Ross said he is still concerned about the injury.
"He's just been dealing with a lot this year," Ross said. "Injury-wise, trying to get going, not at 100 percent. You give him a little bit of a break, and seems like something else crops up. It's a frustrating situation for him. I know he he wants to be out there and play."
Bryant was out for 13 straight games at the end of August with a sprained left ring finger and ailing left wrist. He's also dealt with left elbow soreness this season and back stiffness in preseason.
"Hopefully we get some good news," Ross said, "or he feels OK tomorrow and it's not something really serious."