Bryant joins Rizzo on the shelf for Game 2 vs. Brewers

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Associated Press Kris Bryant was not in Tuesday's Cubs lineup due to soreness on his side. Bryant dove for a ball in the outfield against the Dodgers, then had another rough landing Monday when he dove for a ball at first base.

    Associated Press Kris Bryant was not in Tuesday's Cubs lineup due to soreness on his side. Bryant dove for a ball in the outfield against the Dodgers, then had another rough landing Monday when he dove for a ball at first base.

 
 
Updated 6/29/2021 7:32 PM

Kris Bryant was not in the starting lineup Tuesday in Milwaukee and before the game, Cubs manager David Ross said Bryant is dealing with soreness on his side.

Bryant dove for a ball in the outfield in Los Angeles, then made another dive to his right while playing first base on Monday against the Brewers.

 

"It was pretty sore, we talked about it last night after the game, woke up this morning pretty sore," Ross said. "So it's kind of wait and react. He's getting some treatment now, going to try to swing a bat later on, see if he's available off the bench and we'll see about tomorrow."

Anthony Rizzo was not in the lineup for the second day in a row due to a sore back, but Ross said there was good news to report.

"He's been better each day," Ross said. "He was shockingly surprised, woke up this morning and felt much better. His words, not near as bad as the last time he had to sit out. I think that's a good sign that he's trying to make sure he's doing all the right things so it gets out of there and not try to play through something.

"We'll see. He'll try to move around out there, see how he feels, get in the cage. I think it's something we're trying to be a little cautious with."

The Cubs made some roster moves before Tuesday's game. Pitcher Ryan Tepera went on the 10-day injured list with a calf strain. Reliever Trevor Megill was sent to Iowa, while the Cubs brought back Tommy Nance and promoted Adam Morgan.

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Morgan, 31, is a lefty who spent the past six seasons with Philadelphia. He had a 2.20 ERA in 16 innings pitched for the Iowa Cubs this season.

Tepera and Megill were on the mound when the Cubs were hit by a 10-run eighth inning in Monday's loss to the Brewers. Ross said the calf issue popped up a couple days ago.

"He's got some other stuff going on as well, nothing arm related," Ross said. "With the heavy workload, I think it made a lot of sense to give him the rest and make sure everything's all right and not push through it.

"It looked like the stuff was coming out good (on Monday), just looks like he's working really hard right now. I don't know if that's fatigue or just working through injuries. So I think it made a lot of sense to IL him and get him back hopefully in a short time."

To create a spot on the 40-man roster for Morgan, the Cubs moved Matt Duffy (back) to the 60-day injured list. Since it's retroactive, there's not really any change in Duffy's status. He was on the field in Milwaukee before Tuesday's game and the Cubs are hoping he'll be back after the all-star break.

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