Kris Bryant tested his right ankle early Sunday, and was pronounced good to go in the Cubs’ series finale against the Braves. Bryant suffered a mild ankle sprain last Thursday while running the bases. He admitted he didn’t tape his ankle prior to the game, something he normally does.
“The baseball gods are telling me to continue to tape my ankle,” Bryant said.
He started in left field Sunday, mainly because manager Joe Maddon wanted to get Tommy La Stella into the game.
How did the injury happen?
“I had a really bad angle going into second, so I tried to make up for it coming around second and cut the corner a little too tight and the ankle went the other way,” he said. “It wasn’t terrible. I’ve dealt with a lot worse.”
— Carrie Muskat
Kris Bryant tested his right ankle Sunday morning, and was pronounced ready to go for the Cubs’ series finale against the Braves. Bryant will start in left field. Here’s the lineup:
La Stella 3B
*Bryant admitted his ankle wasn’t taped on Thursday when he hurt his ankle running the bases. He says he’ll get it taped Sunday.
Iowa’s game against Colorado Springs was postponed because of rain. The two teams will try to play a doubleheader Sunday.
Paul Blackburn gave up four hits over five scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 loss to Biloxi. Mark Zagunis had two hits and Jeimer Candelario, playing first base, had one RBI.
Erick Leal gave up four runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 loss to Salem. Daniel Lockhart had one RBI.
Adbert Alzolay gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 5-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Daniel Spingola extended his hitting streak to 13 games, going 2-for-4. Donnie Dewees had three hits and one RBI. Eddy Martinez drove in two runs.
Last year, the Cubs wore pajamas on the flight back from Los Angeles and players could wear shorts to Miami. The first theme trip this year will be Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series, and it will be what manager Joe Maddon called “a minimalist zany suit trip.”
“It’s not your typical Hugo Boss thing, not Italian cut by any means,” Maddon said Saturday. “Mine will feature tulips.”
In Spring Training, Maddon was surfing the Internet for ideas, and found a website that featured very unique suits. Some are camouflage colored, some are harlequin patterned. Maddon bought two — the tulip suit and a leopard print.
“Being a Layfayette [College] leopard, I thought it was appropriate,” he said.
Catcher Tim Federowicz, called up from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, may borrow the leopard print suit. He didn’t have time to shop.
There’s more to the theme trip than just wearing the outrageous outfit on the team plane.
“If you’re seen at any time without part of your suit on, it’s a $100 fine — unless you’re working out,” Maddon said. “Like going to the ballpark, in the hotel, going out for Starbucks in the morning, if you’re seen without any part of the suit — [you could wear] the coat, tie, pair of pants, shoes, socks, some method or form of the outfit. If you’re seen without it, it’s a [$100].”
The money will go to the Cubs clubhouse guys.
The reason for the theme?
“Part of it was that we never get dressed up,” Maddon said. “We’re going to get dressed up with this suit. I didn’t want it to be a conventional suit. And I found these. … It was my weird mind working.”
So, heads up Pittsburgh.
— Carrie Muskat
Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Braves at Wrigley Field was postponed because of the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day. No make-up date was set. The two teams do have a mutual off day July 7 when the Braves return to Chicago to play the White Sox. Fans are encouraged to retain their tickets from Saturday’s postponed game to use for the rescheduled contest.
*John Lackey will start Sunday in the series finale against the Braves. The Cubs did tweak the rotation against the Pirates, and will have Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester go in the three-game series, which starts Monday. Kyle Hendricks is now pushed back to Thursday and will open the Cubs’ series at Wrigley against the Nationals.
*The postponement does give Kris Bryant an extra day to receive treatment for a sprained right ankle suffered Thursday. Manager Joe Maddon said he would wait and see whether to start Bryant on Sunday. Bryant was on deck to pinch-hit on Friday.
— Carrie Muskat
Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed because of inclement weather. No make up date was announced.
The two teams do have a mutual off day July 7 before Atlanta starts a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Cubs and Braves will close this series on Sunday. John Lackey will start for the Cubs and Julio Teheran will go for the Braves.
Logan Watkins hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to lift Iowa to a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs. Jake Buchanan gave up one hit over six innings and struck out five. It was his first quality start of the season.
Tennessee scored eight runs in the eighth to beat Biloxi, 8-3. Chesny Young had four hits and two RBI, Jacob Hannemann had three hits and one RBI, Carlos Penalver had two hits. Duane Underwood made his first start and gave up one run on four hits over four innings.
Myrtle Beach lost, 4-3, to Salem. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and two RBI. Ian Happ had two hits and one RBI.
South Bend went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and lost, 4-1, to Cedar Rapids. Kyle Twomey gave up one earned run over five innings. Daniel Spingola had two hits.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Braves at Wrigley Field on Friday. Jon Lester gets the start against rookie Aaron Blair with first pitch scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:
An MRI confirmed Kris Bryant has a mild right ankle sprain, and he was not in Friday’s lineup. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman might be available later in the game.
Bryant had to leave Thursday’s game after four innings when he rolled his ankle while running the bases. He was to receive treatment during the Cubs’ game against the Braves.
“If [athletic trainer PJ Mainville] thinks [Bryant] can help us in the latter part, he’ll let us know,” Maddon said. “We’ll know game in progress whether or not he’s able to hit late if we need that.”
The Cubs’ biggest concern is that Bryant doesn’t aggravate his ankle and the injury becomes worse.
“I think if we just rest him a little bit right now and aren’t really abusing it right now, it should go away relatively fast,” Maddon said. “The thing with sprained ankles is to not re-jam it somehow. That’s the problem with an ankle. He could be feeling fine after a week or two weeks, and then you hit it wrong and feel it.”
— Carrie Muskat
Ryan Williams gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings and Albert Almora hit a three-run home run in Iowa’s 10-5 win over Colorado Springs. Ryan Kalish finished a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and one RBI. He scored four runs. Almora finished with three hits.
Jacob Hannemann had two hits, including a solo home run, in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Biloxi. Rob Zastryzny took the loss, giving up five runs over six innings. Billy McKinney had two hits and two RBI.
Myrtle Beach’s game at Potomac was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader June 16.
South Bend lost two seven-inning games to Quad Cities. Justin Steele took the loss in the first game, giving up three earned runs over 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Kellogg took the loss in the second game, giving up three earned runs over six innings.