Minor Swing Tweak Possibly On Tap For Kris Bryant

Out since June 22, Bryant returned to the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

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July 11, 2018 - 10:58 am
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(670 The Score) Out since June 22 with left shoulder soreness, Kris Bryant is returning to the Cubs' lineup Wednesday afternoon.

Bryant will play third base and bat third as the Cubs face the Giants in the rubber match of a three-game series at AT&T Park. 

"It's kind of perfect -- play the afternoon game, get a day off on Thursday, play over the weekend, then have the All-Star break," general manager Jed Hoyer said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Wednesday morning. "We felt like that was a good way to reintroduce him to the lineup."

Bryant played rehab games at Double-A Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday, going a combined 2-for-6 with a homer. 

As Bryant returns, the Cubs will make a point to monitor his workload so as to prevent his shoulder ailment from flaring up again. Hoyer even suggested Bryant may need to make a minor adjustment to his swing to put less stress on it. 

Bryant is hitting .280 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 66 games. His power has gone missing, as he had just one homer from May 15 until June 22, after which he was placed on the disabled list.

"It's a challenge," Hoyer said. "It's the kind of injury where it's inflammation in his shoulder. He has kind of a high finish on his swing, and Kris hits a lot. He hits all winter. This is more of a result of thousands and thousands of swings and finally that shoulder got kind of angry. We sort of had to take the time to calm it down. I think Kris is going to have to monitor his workload a little bit and potentially have to monitor just how high that finish is and maybe make some small adjustments to be able to take some of the pressure off that. I think that's stuff he's working on, thinking about. Obviously, he doesn't want to change his swing dramatically but just small things that may help out. Because it's the kind of thing, it can get angry. It can get inflamed and that really affects him. Hopefully we can do a really good job of monitoring that shoulder for the rest of the year and hopefully he can take off."