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Kris Bryant

BUST! Kris Bryant has struck out in his first three at bats in his big league debut


Sorry. Been a lot of hyperbole today, so I figured I could add to it to.

But do know that Kris Bryant has finally played in a major league game. It’s not an official game yet — we’re only in the second inning — but he’s seen pitches thrown in anger in the big leagues.

In the top of the first Bryant got his first defensive chance, turning a 5-4-3 double play and lookin’ pretty good doing it. Then, in the bottom of the first, he came to bat with two outs and Anthony Rizzo on first. The cameras panned to Scott Boras and Bryant’s dad in the crowd and several thousand cameras took several thousand pictures. The Future of the Franchise stepped in against Big Game James Shields.

Bryant saw three pitches from Shields. He swung at all three of them, tipping the first one into the catcher’s glove and whiffing on the next two. Watch the at bat here.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

UPDATE: Second step: his second at bat, this in the fourth. First pitch: watched a called strike. Second: hard foul into the dugout. Third: foul to the same place, again, way ahead of the pitch. Fourth: the first ball he ever took as a major leaguer, in the dirt. Another ball low to make it 2-2. He worked the count full on a fastball outside, then  . . .  struck out swinging on a James Shields changeup, which has been fooling everyone today.

You know, for a guy who can hack a bit and who is likely filled with adrenaline today, going up against James Shields and that changeup is pretty unfair.

UPDATE: The top of the fifth just ended when Bryant made a pretty spiffy diving stab of a liner off the bat of Derek Norris for out number three. The bat is still quiet, but the leather is looking good. Thank goodness Bryant had those extra two weeks in the minors to work on that defense.

UPDATE: Bryant came up again with one out in the bottom of the fifth and runners on second and third, Cubs up 4-2. Swing and a miss on the first pitch. A ball nowhere near the zone. He then laid off a fastball super inside. Then he fouled one back to make it 1-2. Then he struck out on a ball low and away. James Shields is toying with the kid in his debut.

UPDATE: Four his fourth at bat, Bryant came up with two on and two out and grounded into fielder’s choice to third. Hey, contact!

The wait is over: The Cubs are calling up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

Kris Bryant

The wait is over. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are calling up top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Padres.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com confirms the report and adds that Mike Olt will be placed on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture in a corresponding roster move.

Bryant was sent down to Triple-A Iowa despite tearing the cover off the ball during spring training. Of course, service time was the only reason for that. If the Cubs kept him in the minors for 12 days, they would ensure that they would get an extra year of team control, through 2021. Despite the obvious issues with the current system and some bickering between Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras, and Cubs president Theo Epstein, it was a no-brainer. The 12th and final day was today, so the Cubs are now in the clear. And they aren’t waiting another minute to get him into their lineup.

Bryant, 23, led the minors with 43 home runs last season while posting a 1.098 OPS and was batting .321 (9-for-28) with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first seven games in Triple-A this season. He’s going to face a ton of pressure in Chicago from a fanbase that is thirsty for a winner, but this is going to be fun to watch.

Bryant homered in his final at-bat with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday night. I guess this was enough to convince the Cubs that he’s ready:

Neil Ramirez to undergo MRI exam on shoulder injury

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Cubs right-hander Neil Ramirez left Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning alongside a trainer and is headed for an MRI exam on his shoulder.

His velocity was down during his matchup with Joey Votto and when Ramirez began shaking his right arm the training staff went to the mound. For now it’s being called “right shoulder discomfort,” according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com.

Ramirez was fantastic as a rookie last season, throwing 44 innings with a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio after coming to the Cubs in the Matt Garza swap with the Rangers.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Angels 10, Rangers 2: Mike Trout had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run. The AP gamer likewise says that he convinced this game’s starter — Hector Santiago — to get a reverse mohawk after his last outing, which Santiago credits with helping him pitch well here: “Stay in your lane,” Santiago said, explaining what the haircut symbolized. “Just like I draw the lane out on the mound. Stay straight ahead.”

Hey, can’t criticize. Like the man said, if you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear or because you get a reverse mohawk, then you are! And you should know that! Well, come on, Annie, think of something clever to say, huh? Something full of magic, religion, bulls**t. Come on, dazzle me!

Marlins 6, Braves 2: Dan Haren gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win of the season. It put him in a good mood, too:

Twins 3, Royals 1: Whenever the last remaining undefeated team finally loses a game, the last major league team to go 162-0 pops the corks of bottles of that special champagne they save for the occasion. It’s quite the tradition.

Indians 4, White Sox 2: Trevor Bauer started off the game with three no-hit innings to go with the six no-hit innings from his first outing of the season. I think that’s at least worth, like, half a dogpile on the mound. Which, yes, would’ve been awkward to do in the middle of the third of an ongoing game, but still. Bauer’s win stopped a four-game losing streak. Guess that makes him a “stopper.”

Nationals 10, Red Sox 5: The Red Sox winning some games early has masked the fact that their rotation has sucked eggs. Hard to mask it here as Wade Miley gave up seven runs in two and a third. It was a six-run third that set the tone here, featuring a Wilson Ramos three-run double and an Ian Desmond a solo homer.

Orioles 7, Yankees 5: The Yankees had a one-run lead when Nathan Eovaldi left and the pen came in to start the sixth inning. Then Jonathan Schoop homered and four more runs crossed the plate before the inning ended. Oops. Chris Davis drove in three in the game. Manny Machado homered and Caleb Joseph went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Not gonna jump to crazy conclusions, but the Yankees may not be very good.

Tigers 1, Pirates 0: Rajai Davis hit a solo homer and that was the whole dang thing. Well, the eight scoreless innings from Alfredo Simon helped too.

Blue Jays 12, Rays 7: Huge bats and some stellar D. Homers from Jose Bautista and rookies Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey. Travis had three hits overall. What a pickup Travis was from the Tigers last year.

Mets 6, Phillies 1: The sweep. Which should have Mets fans excited. But the optimism should be a bit cautious still, given that the Phillies are, from the looks of things early, gonna stink on ice. Lucas Duda homered and had an RBI double.

Cubs 5, Reds 0: Travis Wood — who used to pitch for the Reds — tossed seven shutout innings against his old mates. Or at least a few of his old mates as he was last in Cincy four years ago. And heck, maybe even those guys didn’t like him that much when he was there, making “mates” too strong a word. Maybe Wood was the guy who stole people’s lunches from the break room fridge, ever think of that?

Astros 6, Athletics 1: Collin McHugh struck out 11 and the Astros got homers from Jed Lowrie, Luis Valbuena and Evan Gattis. Factoid: the A’s have been outscored 32-14 in their five losses and have 42-1 margin in their five wins. Remember last year how, early, all their wins seemed to be blowouts too? There’s probably some cosmic meaning to that.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Lance Lynn and six (!) relief pitchers combined on this one. Yadier Molina had three hits.

Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2: Justin Upton homered and Craig Kimbrel locked it down, giving the Braves the 3-2 win.


Dodgers 5, Mariners 2: I picked the Dodgers and the Mariners to go to the World Series. If this was that World Series the Dodgers would have a commanding 3-0 lead. Though they would have to explain how they got three home games to start off the World Series. Maybe some All-Star Game tweak happened. “This time it REALLY counts,” or something. Anyway, Joc Pederson singled home a run, made a diving catch to rob Mike Zunino of a hit and threw Zunino out at the plate on another play. Zunino probably isn’t joining the Joc Pederson fan club.

Rockies 4, Giants 2: As we all expected, the amazingly good road team, the Colorado Rockies, swept the defending World Series champions. One night after that amazing catch he made running into the tarp, Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer. This guy is one of the best-kept secrets in baseball.

Cubs place Tommy La Stella on the disabled list, but don’t call up Kris Bryant

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There was some speculation that infielder Tommy La Stella’s rib cage injury could clear the way for the Cubs to call up No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant for his highly anticipated debut, but they’re keeping him at Triple-A for now.

La Stella has been placed on the disabled list and third baseman Mike Olt is also sidelined by a wrist injury, but instead of promoting Bryant the Cubs are going with relief pitcher Zac Rosscup to fill his roster spot.

Bryant is 8-for-21 (.381) with two homers and a 1.089 OPS through fives games for Triple-A Iowa, but Friday is the day when he’ll have been in the minors enough to delay his eventual free agency for an entire extra year.

It won’t be long now.