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Cubs Star Kris Bryant On Target To Return Saturday

April 27, 2018 - 2:44 pm

By Bruce Levine--

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is likely to return the lineup on Saturday. 

Bryant was beaned in Colorado on Sunday by Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the first inning of the series finale at Coors Field. The 25-year-old slugger has missed four consecutive games since leaving the game on April 22. He sustained a cut on the forehead as a result of his batting helmet hitting his sunglasses.

Bryant passed concussion protocol and traveled with the team from Colorado to Cleveland and back to Chicago.

"You want them to get back on the horse," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said about Bryant's return. "[The concussion protocol] is something relatively new. In the past, people were not concerned about that as much. This would have probably been treated differently even 10 years ago. There is more information and technology so there is a tendency to be more conservative."    

Bryant did do not have a concussion but struggled a bit with some side issues before he is ready to declare himself ready. He saw team internist Dr. Steve Adams on Thursday.
During the last two days, he went through all of the drills and preparation without a glitch.

"I think he is feeling more like himself today," Maddon said. "I checked in with (the trainer) before I left last night and he has had some really good stuff going on today workout-wise. If I would guess, I think by tomorrow we will be in pretty good shape."

The NL MVP in 2016 was off to a fast start in 2018, posting a 1.003 OPS. He also had been hit by a pitch an NL-high seven times this season.

"I don't think he has changed what he is doing," Maddon said. "He kind of does stride into the ball. Maybe the word on the street is to pitch him inside. I an not accusing anybody of throwing at us. That is not the issue right now. We will watch this as it progresses. I don't think there is anything sinister at this point."