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Bryant grateful despite Final Vote loss

3rd baseman plans to go home to Las Vegas during All-Star break
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CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant appreciated the support from fans during the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote competition for a spot on the National League team. The Cubs' third baseman did get the most votes on Twitter on Thursday, but he finished second in the race to the Dodgers' Justin Turner.

"It was a win-win," Bryant said. "It'll be nice to have some days off. I haven't had the All-Star break off for a long time."

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CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant appreciated the support from fans during the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote competition for a spot on the National League team. The Cubs' third baseman did get the most votes on Twitter on Thursday, but he finished second in the race to the Dodgers' Justin Turner.

"It was a win-win," Bryant said. "It'll be nice to have some days off. I haven't had the All-Star break off for a long time."

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Bryant and his wife, Jessica -- who was busy on Twitter campaigning for her husband -- will likely go home to Las Vegas. Bryant appreciated Jessica's efforts.

"I've got the best wife ever," he said.

• Joe Maddon, who will manage the NL team in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX), won't be matched up against his World Series foe, Indians skipper Terry Francona, in Miami. Francona underwent a heart procedure on Thursday to address an irregular heartbeat, and he will not manage the American League team in the Midsummer Classic.

"I wish him well," Maddon said Friday. "We just want him to be healthy and well. That's all that matters."

Video: Francona to miss All-Star Game after heart procedure

Francona's bench coach, Brad Mills, will handle the managerial duties, and Rays manager Kevin Cash, who was named to the coaching staff, will be there to assist.

• The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro from Triple-A Iowa and optioned lefty Jack Leathersich. In his first game in the big leagues since 2015, Leathersich walked four and gave up one hit over two-thirds of an inning Thursday in the Cubs' 11-2 loss to the Brewers.

This is the fifth time this season Floro has been called up from the Minors.

• After pitching for the first time in his Major League career on Thursday, outfielder Jon Jay had a new T-shirt on Friday that was the image of a bull with the word "pen" inside. Only the Cubs' relievers get one.

"I made them do it -- I earned it," Jay said.

Video: MIL@CHC: Jay's full scoreless 9th inning vs. Brewers

He gave up one hit in his inning of relief in the ninth. What will he do with the shirt? Jay planned to frame it and hang it in his house.

Kyle Hendricks threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, and if he passes all the tests on Saturday, the next step will be a rehab outing with one of the Cubs' Minor League affiliates. Hendricks has been on the disabled list since June 5 with inflammation in his right hand.

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.

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