Chicago manager David Ross said he intends on sticking with Bryant as his leadoff hitter during the abbreviated 2020 season, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Ross tabbed Bryant as his leadoff hitter back in February before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, teams are looking at a condensed 60-game schedule, and MLB is adopting a universal DH, giving National League managers like Ross more options in building their lineups. Despite the added flexibility, Ross said he plans on sticking with Bryant atop the order. The 28-year-old did not bat leadoff at all last season, though he did slash a robust .333/.448/.632 when leading off an inning.
Bryant is utilizing technology in his home batting practice sessions to track data such as launch angle, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bryant purchased a portable camera and radar unit from the technology company Rapsodo in December. The slugger is able to use the device to track launch angle, exit speed, exit direction and distance of ball hit during sessions at his Las Vegas batting cage. Bryant is entering a critical season with the Cubs, whenever it's able to begin. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season and was subject to some trade speculation this past offseason. Bryant no doubt wants to hit the ground running when play resumes, and his advanced home workouts could help him do so.
Bryant said he feels "really good" as the leadoff hitter heading into the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bryant said he doesn't plan on changing his approach much from last season, when he generally hit second in the order. The 28-year-old slashed .333/.448/.632 when leading off an inning in 2019, so there's some reason for optimism that he could really thrive in the role. Bryant may see his RBI total tick down, but he figures to post a lot of runs and home runs.
Bryant will be the Cubs' leadoff man this season, manager David Ross confirmed Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Bryant typically hit second or third for previous manager Joe Maddon, but Ross evidently likes him leading off. The third baseman has eclipsed 100 runs in three of the last four seasons and is a good bet to do so again if he sticks in the leadoff role all year, as his .385 career on-base percentage means he'll set the table quite well. Expect his RBI total to drop somewhat with the move, however.
Bryant could be deployed as the Cubs' leadoff hitter after he told manager David Ross on Wednesday that he's willing to fill the opening atop the lineup, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Though he's endured a fairly turbulent offseason in which he's been the subject of trade rumors, Bryant reaffirmed his commitment to the Cubs upon reporting to camp this week and informed Ross he was willing to do what's best for the team. To that end, Bryant -- who has most commonly hit second or third the past five seasons -- tossed his name into consideration for leadoff duties. The top of the order was a major trouble spot in 2019 for the Cubs, who ranked last in the majors with a .294 on-base percentage out of the lineup slot. The owner of a career .385 on-base percentage, Bryant would provide an obvious upgrade, though fantasy managers should bear in mind that the leadoff assignment would likely result in him exchanging more RBI for runs. At this stage, Ross hasn't formally committed to Bryant as the club's leadoff hitter, but expect the 28-year-old to at least get a long look as a table setter during Cactus League play.
Bryant reported to Cubs' camp Saturday and said he had "no hard feelings" toward the team after losing a contract grievance last month, NBC 5 Chicago reports.
In addition to the grievance, in which Bryant argued for an additional year of service time, the star third baseman was also the subject of trade rumors in the offseason. "There's definitely no hard feelings, so let's just put that narrative to bed," Bryant said. "I completely respect this organization and everything they've done for me and for my family." The 28-year-old is saying the right things as he heads into his sixth year in Chicago. Bryant will look to build on the .282/.382/.521 slash line and 31 home runs he hit in 147 games last season.
Bryant (ankle) lost his grievance against the Cubs in which he sought an additional year of service time, meaning he won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The ruling will go through final reviews before being officially announced within the next week, but Bryant will ultimately remain under club control for two more seasons after an arbitrator determined the Cubs didn't violate service-time rules when they summoned the third baseman to the majors April 17, 2015, one day after he would have accrued a full year of service time. With Bryant's free-agency status now established, the Cubs should now yield a greater return in any potential trade if they decide to make the 2016 NL MVP available, given that his contract is no longer set to expire next winter. Bryant will make $18.6 million in 2020 before entering salary arbitration for a final time in 2021.
Bryant (ankle) and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $18.6 million deal Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Despite the deal, questions remain about Bryant's immediate future with the Cubs. Bryant's service-time grievance, which centers around the Cubs keeping him in the minors to buy an extra year of team control prior to his debut back in 2015, has yet to be settled in court. Depending on the results of that decision, he'll either be a Cub for one more season or two before hitting free agency. The Cubs have also reportedly been taking part in trade talks regarding the slugger, but potential trade partners will likely want to know how many years they'll be getting Bryant for before making an offer.
Manager Joe Maddon said he won't play Bryant (ankle) in any of the team's remaining games, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bryant is dealing with a moderate right ankle sprain, and with the Cubs looking like a longshot to make the playoffs, the team has opted to shut down its star third baseman with a handful of games left. Across 147 appearances this season, Bryant compiled a .282/.383/.521 slash line with 31 home runs and 77 RBI.
Bryant (ankle) is not starting Wednesday against the Pirates.
Bryant will stick on the bench for a second straight game as he continues to nurse a moderate right ankle sprain, an injury he picked up after slipping on a wet base over the weekend. It remains to be seen whether the third baseman will return this season; the Cubs may opt to shut him down if they're eliminated from the playoffs in the coming days. Ian Happ is starting at the hot corner and hitting sixth in this one.
Bryant has been diagnosed with a moderate right ankle sprain and his status for the rest of the season remains unclear, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bryant isn't starting Tuesday against the Pirates, but he's officially considered day-to-day for now. Whether or not he returns this season likely depends as much on the Cubs' performance as on the health of his ankle, as Chicago currently sits four games out of the playoffs with just six left to play.
Bryant (ankle) will sit Tuesday against the Pirates.
Bryant sprained his ankle on a wet base in Sunday's contest and will sit for at least one game. It's not clear when he's expected to return, but with the Cubs nearly eliminated from the playoff race, it's possible he winds up getting shut down for the year. Ian Happ starts at third base in his absence.
Bryant (ankle) received X-rays after leaving Sunday's game early and was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Bryant immediately went to the locker room for tests and was informed he had a sprained right ankle. The Cubs are probably relieved that Bryant was able to avoid any major injury but with just six games remaining in the season, the All-Star third baseman's 2019 campaign may be coming to a close a bit sooner than he expected.
Bryant was removed from Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the top of the fourth inning with an apparent right ankle injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bryant sustained the injury while attempting to run out a 5-4-3 double play to end the bottom of the third. After landing awkwardly on first base, Bryant hobbled off the field while receiving assistance from team trainers. The Cubs should provide an update on Bryant's condition later in the day, but any missed time from the 27-year-old would be a harmful blow to the team's fading playoff hopes.
Bryant went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in a 16-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Bryant hit a three-run shot in the first inning and added a solo home run in the third inning. Bryant set a new Cubs record for most home runs in the first five years of his career with 137. The 27-year-old has a .288/.386/.538 slash line with 31 home runs and 105 RBI through 140 games.
Bryant went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and four RBI in Saturday's 14-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Bryant launched a two-run shot in the fourth inning to increase the Chicago lead to 7-1. The 2016 MVP has bounced back this season after struggling through an injury-plagued 2018, slashing .285/.384/.526 with 29 homers, 73 RBI and 103 runs scored in 515 at-bats.
Bryant went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers and a walk in Tuesday's loss to San Diego.
Bryant returned to action with a bang after missing the previous two games with a sore right knee, launching two-run shots in the fifth and eighth innings to account for half of Chicago's run output. The 2016 MVP has had a steadily productive season after struggling through an injury-plagued 2018, slashing .281/.381/.522 with 28 homers, 68 RBI and 100 runs scored in 585 plate appearances.
Bryant (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
Bryant is back in action after missing a pair of games due to knee soreness, with Sunday's cortisone shot evidently having the desired effect. He'll bat fifth as the third baseman Tuesday.
Bryant (knee), who is not in the lineup Monday against the Padres, received a cortisone shot Sunday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bryant is set to miss a second straight game as he continues to manage his bothersome right knee. While it sounds like the issue could linger through the remainder of the season, there's hope that he'll rejoin the starting lineup Tuesday. David Bote is starting at the hot corner in his stead in Monday's series opener.
Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant is out of Sunday's lineup since his right knee is "still barking," Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old has been battling the knee issue since the All-Star break and it seems like the injury may linger through the rest of the season. Bryant has struggled in 32 games since the start of August with a .241/.328/.414 slash line and 29 percent strikeout rate. He's still considered day-to-day while David Bote starts at third base Sunday.
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