Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup vs. Royals after clearing health protocols


Kris Bryant returned to the Cubs lineup Monday, after missing two games for an upset stomach and the health protocols that came with it.

Bryant is penciled in to play left field and lead off in the Cubs’ series opener against the Royals at Wrigley Filed on Monday. David Bote, who filled in for Bryant over the weekend, remains at third base.

On Saturday, the Cubs scratched Bryant minutes before first pitch, due to an upset stomach. Gastrointestinal issues can be a symptom of COVID-19 in some cases, so Bryant left the ballpark early and took a rapid response COVID-19 test.

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“He just really needs to be commended for going in and getting checked out,” Cubs manager David Ross said Sunday. “With all we’ve got going on, we’re trying to take the right precautions to keep everybody safe.”

Both that initial rapid test and the regularly scheduled diagnostic test that Bryant took with the team on Friday came back negative, according to the Cubs. Bryant was scheduled to take a second rapid test on Monday before MLB would clear him to return.