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Bryant keeping focus on game, not potential grievance

CINCINNATI -- Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant said Friday he prefers to stay focused on the field, and not on any potential grievance that the Major League Baseball Players Association may consider filing on his behalf because of the timing of his callup.

"For me, I'm just supposed to play on the field and worry about what I do out there," Bryant said. "I'm not worried about the stuff off the field. I'm here to help the team win now, and I'm having fun with it."

There has been some talk about the union possibly filing a grievance. Bryant said he'd like to see some discussion about players and service time, which may lead to a change in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but he also cautioned that he's not well-versed in the matter.

"I'd have to be more educated on the subject," Bryant said. "I feel I can't really speak about it now. I don't really know what I'm supposed to do."

Bryant, 23, who was promoted one week ago from Triple-A Iowa, said he would hope to have final say since it is his career that's being discussed. He'd also like to just stick to baseball talk.

"That whole situation is in the past," Bryant said. "I'm not even thinking about it right now. I'm here now, which is awesome. It's a dream of mine that came true. I really don't care to speak about it any more. It's in the past."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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