The Cubs of the present were put on hold Wednesday when their scheduled night game at St. Louis was rained out. The teams will make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader Aug. 30 at Busch Stadium.
A big topic, though, concerns the Cubs of the future. Third baseman Kris Bryant has been tearing it up lately at Class AA Tennessee.
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Through his first 38 games of the season -- Tennessee also was rained out Wednesday -- the 22-year-old Bryant has a hitting line of .324/.425/.620 for an OPS of 1.045. He has 11 home runs, 33 RBI, 20 walks and 46 strikeouts.
Bryant was named the Southern League's player of the week for May 5-12 on the strength of a .464 (13-for-28) average, 12 runs scored, a double, 4 home runs and 14 RBI.
Naturally, fans want to know when Bryant will be promoted, either to Class AAA Iowa or even to the big-league club.
Speaking with reporters in St. Louis, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated there is no rush to promote Bryant.
Veras back; Rosscup to DL:
Reliever Jose Veras rejoined the Cubs in St. Louis after doing a rehab stint at Tennessee. Veras, who struggled in the early going, went on the disabled list April 26 with a left-oblique strain.
"Everything is fine," Veras told reporters. "I'm healthy. That's the best part."
Veras, 33, did not allow a run and gave up 1 hit in 4⅔ innings over 4 rehab games at Tennessee.
To make room for Veras on the roster, the Cubs placed left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup on the DL with what they termed left-shoulder soreness.
The Cubs say Jason Hammel will start Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cardinals. Hammel was the scheduled starter for Wednesday night's rained-out game. Ace Jeff Samardzija will open Friday's weekend series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.