Bryant takes BP; Cubs will wait to activate him

Third baseman feeling discomfort in left shoulder; Edwards to make another Minors rehab appearance

July 3rd, 2018

CHICAGO -- Third baseman felt some discomfort in his left shoulder after taking batting practice on Tuesday before the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Tigers, so he will not be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday's game.

Bryant, who has been sidelined with left shoulder inflammation, may not be active until Friday, depending on how he feels, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Tuesday.

Bryant has been out since June 23, and he has stepped up his baseball activities in recent days. He was eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday.

"I just want the guy to be well," Maddon said on Tuesday. "I love the break he's getting right now."

Bryant injured his shoulder more than a month ago while sliding, and he tried to play through it. He was batting .280, but his power numbers have dropped off. The third baseman has nine home runs this season; he had 16 homers in the first three months of the 2017 season.

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will stay in the Minor Leagues at Triple-A Iowa and make one more rehab appearance with the team. He had a rough outing on Monday with Iowa, his second rehab appearance there. Edwards gave up two runs over two-thirds of an inning, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. He has thrown 19 pitches in both of his appearances with Iowa, but he was unable to complete an inning either time.

Edwards is fine physically, Maddon said. The right-hander has been sidelined since May 30 with right shoulder inflammation.

• The Cubs may have players sidelined because of injuries, but Maddon is hoping they take advantage of the time off.

"Rest matters," Maddon said. "If you want great performances out of your players, you want less strikeouts, better pitching performances, make sure you have a rested athlete."

The Cubs have seen and return strong after spending time on the disabled list. It's as if they get a second wind.

"It matters to performance, it matters to not chasing pitches," Maddon said. "When you see guys go into these moments when they're not playing well, everybody gets upset with them and they get upset with themselves, but it's probably because they're fatigued and nobody's going to admit to that.

"I don't think you'll ever see Cal's record be broken -- that was above and beyond," Maddon said, referring to Cal Ripken Jr.'s record of playing in 2,632 consecutive games.