President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Bryant will require offseason surgery on his left shoulder, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Epstein echoed Bryant's statements, which the 26-year-old made following Tuesday's season-ending loss to Colorado in the NL Wild Card Game. Bryant missed a chunk of time in the second half of the 2018 campaign due to left shoulder inflammation, ending the year with just 102 games played after averaging 153 the past three seasons. When approached about potential offseason surgery in late July, Bryant scoffed at the idea and confirmed that he would return to the field later on, which he eventually did at the beginning of September. It should be noted that although his numbers weren't bad -- he slashed .265/.354/.422 last month -- Bryant's power appeared to be zapped and it was clear he wasn't his normal self at the plate.
Bryant went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Cardinals. Bryant had only one hit, but made it count by lacing a two-RBI double in the fifth inning. He suffered from an up and down campaign, battling a shoulder injury throughout the summer months which caused his numbers to dip. All told, he enters Monday's 163rd game hitting .274/.374/.463 across 449 plate appearances.
Bryant (wrist) returns to the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals. Bryant missed a pair of starts after getting hit in the wrist by a pitch in Tuesday's game against the Pirates. The injury was evidently not a serious one, as he's back in action for the final series of the regular season.
Bryant (shoulder) is expected to start Friday against the Cardinals, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Bryant has been out since Tuesday with a bruised left wrist, though he's apparently feeling better. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com, the third baseman is available to pinch-hit in Thursday's series finale against the Pirates and should rejoin the starting nine for the team's crucial three-game series against the Cardinals over the weekend.
Bryant (wrist) is not in the lineup against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Bryant will be withheld from the lineup for a second straight day after suffering a bruised left wrist during Tuesday's affair. In his absence, Ben Zobrist will start in right field and David Bote will get another nod at the hot corner. Bryant should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's series opener versus St. Louis.