Cubs' Bryant out a few days after getting treatment on wrist

  • Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) catches a fly ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson during the seventh inning of Game 2 of a baseball doubleheader, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Chicago.

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) catches a fly ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson during the seventh inning of Game 2 of a baseball doubleheader, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Chicago. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/18/2020 8:26 PM

Kris Bryant decided it was time to take more drastic action to help his injured left wrist.

After receiving a medical injection on Tuesday, Bryant will take a couple days off and if all goes well, could return to the Cubs lineup on Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I think he had been just grinding it out a little bit and the training staff doing all they could hoping it would get better," Cubs manager David Ross said before Tuesday's game. "I just don't think it was bouncing back the way we all were hoping. He finally came in after the game yesterday and felt like he needed to do something a little more. He saw the specialist this morning and they went from there."

Bryant is off to a slow start in this shortened season, hitting .177 with 2 home runs. He's also been trying out the leadoff spot in the batting order for most of the season.

The injury happened last week in Cleveland when Bryant tried to make a diving catch in left field. His glove hand rolled awkwardly when he hit the ground.

"If we thought it was best for Kris to go on the IL, we would put him there," Ross said. "But I think the best thing for Kris and the Cubs right now is kind of wait and see. The hope is he would be back Friday (against the White Sox). There's no way of knowing that until we have those conversations and he picks up a bat and swings and tests it and all those things."

One player did go on the injured list Tuesday. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. The Cubs added utility player Hernan Perez to take his spot, and moved reliever Brad Wieck (knee) to the 45-day injured list.

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