Bryant Held Out Of Cubs' Lineup With Elbow Soreness

"KB is dealing with a few bumps and bruises," David Ross says.

Bruce Levine
July 28, 2020 - 4:57 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the team's lineup against the Reds on Tuesday evening because of left elbow soreness.

Serving as the Cubs' leadoff man, Bryant has struggled in the first four games of the season, going 1-of-17 (.059) with no RBIs and one walk. Manager David Ross indicated Bryant's ailment is minor and cited that as the reason for Bryant sitting Tuesday, not his poor start.

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"KB is dealing with a few bumps and bruises," Ross said. "He has a little elbow thing, and I want to make sure we stay on top of it immediately and it doesn't become a bigger issue.

"He is not that concerned. Long day last night and long travel day, he was dealing with a lot of little things."

Ross didn't express any concern about Bryant's slump, which has come as the Cubs have started 3-1 in a 60-game season.

"I would never worry about a guy four games in -- especially during a 162-game season," Ross said. "Normally you get 30 days under your belt in spring training. We got three. I don't worry about KB. Every year you look at the back of his baseball card, and there are really good numbers there. You must trust with the guys who are battle-tested and been through the grind. I don't worry about it. Once he gets locked in, he will be carrying us like the other guys."

David Bote will play third base in Bryant's absence and hit seventh. First baseman Anthony Rizzo will lead off for the Cubs.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.