Bryant won’t start vs. Reds but could be available off bench


Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup against the Reds on Wednesday, but manager David Ross expects he will be available off the bench later in the game.

Bryant was hit in the left elbow by a 93-mph fastball Tuesday, in the third inning of the Cubs’ 3-0 win against Cincinnati. He remained in the game and had two more at-bats, both strikeouts.

“He was pretty sore last night, swelled up pretty good after the game,” Ross said. “I think it made a lot of sense just to give him a day.”

The same elbow had been bothering Bryant earlier in the season, on the follow-through of his swing. Bryant missed one game in late July for left elbow soreness.

Injury-plagued for much of the season, Bryant had just returned from the injured list (left ring finger sprain, sore wrist) about a week ago.

“Kris has had some significant things that especially affect his swing,” Ross said, “and I think that’s the last thing you want, is for a player to be in-between or hesitant in their approach and swinging the bat.”

Just before going on the injured list, Bryant’s batting average sunk to .177. In the week since he returned, Bryant has hit .226, with more multi-hit performances (3) in seven games than he’d had the rest of the season combined.

First pitch between the Cubs and Reds is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Wrigley Field. David Bote is set to start at third base, with Ildemaro Vargas making his Cubs debut at

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