Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant hit another pair of home runs on Saturday in Cactus League play against the Mariners, giving him eight in 10 spring games — by far the most among all hitters. Jose Bautista, Michael Cuddyer, J.D. Martinez, and Steve Pearce are tied for second with four each.
Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning off of Felix Hernandez, then went yard again in the fourth inning with a three-run shot off of Kevin Correia. He also walked in the third inning. It wasn’t even Bryant’s first multi-homer game of the spring — he hit two against the Angels on March 12 as well.
The Cubs planned to have Bryant start the season in the minors, but his performance this spring may be forcing their hand. If Bryant does indeed start at Triple-A, Mike Olt would handle third base in the interim.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.