Bryant (back) resumed playing light catch Thursday, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports. Bryant has been sidelined since Monday due to a lower back strain, and he was placed on the injured list retroactive to May 23. Thursday's throwing session marked the first activity he's done since landing on the injured list, but he'll have several other activities he'll need to do prior to rejoining the major-league club. Bryant is on the IL for the second time in under a month due to lingering back issues, so the Rockies will likely exercise caution prior to activating their left fielder.
The Rockies placed Bryant on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a lower-back strain. The transaction is retroactive to Monday, so Bryant will be eligible to come off the IL as soon as June 2. The 30-year-old is being shut down for the second time in less than a month on account of back problems, as he appeared in just three games following his reinstatement last week before heading back to the IL. Yonathan Daza is expected to be the primary beneficiary of regular playing time in the outfield while Bryant is on the shelf.
Bryant (back) remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh. Sam Hilliard will draw a start in left field while Bryant is on the bench for the second game in a row due to back discomfort. The 30-year-old was scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday, but the Rockies haven't yet provided an update on the extent of Bryant's injury. Regardless, the fact that Bryant is experiencing back issues just a few days after returning from a stay on the 10-day injured list that was caused by back stiffness isn't a welcome sign.
Bryant was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates due to back soreness, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Although Bryant was removed from Monday's lineup less than an hour before the start of the game, he'll be available off the bench if needed and should be considered day-to-day for now, though it's still a bit concerning since he just returned from an IL stint with a back issue. Sam Hilliard will draw the start in left field and bat eighth.
Bryant went 1-for-4 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets. Bryant played for the first time in nearly a month after recovering from a back injury. He hit third and manned left field, which has been his typical role this season. Bryant sat for the second game of the doubleheader and could get some extra days of rest to manage his workload in the short term. Overall, Bryant is hitting .279/.333/.344 across 69 plate appearances on the campaign.