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Cubs place Bryant on injured list with left finger sprain

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant remained absent from the top of the Cubs’ lineup Saturday against the White Sox on Saturday. About a half an hour before game time, the Cubs announced they were placing Bryant on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ring finger.

Bryant’s left wrist also continues to ail him, after receiving an injection to manage the injury on Tuesday. He was cleared to take light swings on Friday, according to Cubs manager David Ross. Bryant was scheduled for more activities, under the supervision of the Cubs athletic training staff, on Saturday before the game.

The Cubs placed Bryant on the IL retroactive to Wednesday, making him eligible to return as early as next Saturday, when the Cubs are scheduled for a doubleheader at Cincinnati.

Bryant originally injured his left finger and wrist diving in for a fly ball at Cleveland a week and a half ago but remained in that game and played four more before opting for the wrist injection.

Bryant has been battling various injuries all season, including left elbow soreness last month and back tightness during exhibition play. In 16 games, he’s batting an uncharacteristically low .177.

The Cubs will face the White Sox Saturday with 27 players on the active roster.