If a report from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago is correct, then third baseman Kris Bryant will make his Cubs debut tomorrow, Friday April 17. Tomorrow is the soonest that Bryant could be activated in order for the Cubs were to gain an extra year of control before free agency. Bryant played in a New Orleans tonight and hit a tremendous home run (that may have been called foul if the minors had replay review) and was robbed of another one by a leaping catch.
Breaking. Source: Kris Bryant to be called up by Cubs on Friday. Story coming at http://t.co/iRRtXbR1Vj— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 17, 2015
Bryant will take Mike Olt's place on the roster. Olt going on the DL, according to a source.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 17, 2015
Calling up Bryant now breaks with Theo Epstein's practice of having prospects make their major league debut on the road, but Olt's injury may have forced a course correction. This also means that the Iowa fans will not get a chance to see Bryant at home this season, since Iowa's home opener is tomorrow. Bryant did play half a season in Des Moines last year.
The Cubs will take on the San Diego Padres and James Shields tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. CT. The game will be on WLS-Ch. 7. Stay tuned!