Kris Bryant has missed the Cubs’ last four games with shoulder trouble that’s been affecting his hitting.
Rather than try to wait it out another day or two, the Cubs are giving KB a few more days off:
#Cubs place Bryant on DL (left shoulder inflammation). Hancock on DL (right shoulder inflammation). Underwood to Iowa— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 26, 2018
And so, it’s more roster moves than just Bryant. Duane Underwood Jr.’s return to Triple-A Iowa was expected, as he was up just to make the one start. Justin Hancock heading to the disabled list is a bit of a surprise, as he threw an effective third of an inning Monday night. But maybe this is also a way of being able to rotate other pitchers through the Iowa Shuttle.
Thus, here are the three replacements:
Luke Farrell, who started Saturday’s game and was sent to Iowa Sunday, can return because in the case of injury (to Hancock), the 10-days-in-the-minors rule is not in effect. Dillon Maples, who made several appearances for the Cubs last September, replaces Underwood.
And in case you’re wondering:
More #Cubs injury updates: Edwards to throw bullpen today. Darvish played catch. Today is rest day for Morrow.— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 26, 2018
As always, we await developments. Hopefully, the DL stint will get Bryant rested and ready to go soon. His DL stint is retroactive to June 23.