CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kristopher Bryant did not start Friday because of a sprained left pinkie finger, and he may miss the entire weekend series against the Cardinals.Bryant was injured Wednesday when he slid headfirst into third base in the first inning against the Braves."He's just not ready today,
CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kristopher Bryant did not start Friday because of a sprained left pinkie finger, and he may miss the entire weekend series against the Cardinals.
Bryant was injured Wednesday when he slid headfirst into third base in the first inning against the Braves.
"He's just not ready today, but we'll do this as a day-by-day thing," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not [Saturday], too, and possibly not Sunday. I really don't know. He healed well with the ankle. I'm just trying to not draw any conclusions now."
Bryant missed a few games in late June when he rolled his right ankle stepping on third base. The problem with the finger injury is that Bryant can't grip the bat because of the soreness.
• Kyle Hendricks, on the disabled list with inflammation in his right hand, is expected to be activated either Monday or Tuesday to return to the Cubs' rotation. In his last rehab start on Monday, Hendricks went five innings for Double-A Tennessee, and he did not give up a hit or walk a batter.
"He's there -- he's ready to rock and roll," Maddon said of Hendricks.
What more does Maddon need to see from the right-hander?
"Nothing," Maddon said. "Just that he says he feels good tomorrow. He's fine."
Hendricks, who led the Major Leagues with a 2.13 ERA last year, has not pitched since June 4 when he went four innings against the Cardinals.
• With the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, Maddon said he doesn't see a pressing need.
"[Any trade] has to be obvious that this guy is going to help," Maddon said. "I don't want to say 'better' than the guy, but he's got to definitely help you win. Lateral moves can work against you in a really tight clubhouse."
Maddon said Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer agree with the manager about that.
"I know they're actively looking at different things," Maddon said. "I like the names in our room already, a lot."
• New Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana was able to test his new bats on Friday when he took batting practice at Wrigley Field. Quintana's next start is Sunday night against the Cardinals. He won't face his former team, the White Sox, next week.
"It was my old team, but honestly, I have my focus on the Cardinals and the Brewers [on July 28]," Quintana said. "[The Brewers are] the contender for us in our division, and [I'm] focusing just on baseball."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.