Cubs activate Kris Bryant

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The Chicago Cubs have activated third baseman Kris Bryant from the 10-day disabled list. He will start at third base and hit third on Wednesday afternoon against the Giants.

Bryant missed nearly three weeks with inflammation in his left shoulder. When he went down he was hitting .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 311 plate appearances. In his absence Joe Maddon deployed Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and, occasionally, Javier Baez at third base. Now it’s Bryant’s position again.

The Cubs are considering a sportsbook at Wrigley Field

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With the nationwide ban on sports gambling gone — and with sports gambling regulations slowly being implemented on a state-by-state basis — any number of businesses are considering getting in on the action. Among those businesses are the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN reports that the club is considering opening gambling facilities in and around Wrigley Field which might include betting windows, automated kiosks or, possibly, a full, casino-style sportsbook. They’re characterized as preliminary discussions as the team awaits the Illinois governor’s signature on recently-passed legislation allowing gambling. The Cubs aren’t commenting, but a source tells ESPN that nothing has been done yet. It’s just talk at the moment.

If the Cubs move forward from the talking stage it will cost them a pretty penny: a four-year license will, under Illinois’ new law, cost them $10 million.

Now: let’s see the White Sox take some action this year. I can think of nothing more fun than sports gambling at what was once Comiskey Park on the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal.