Big day for guys who were hurt, got activated and then got hurt again. First Stephen Strasburg, now Kris Bryant.
The Cubs have placed Bryant on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 24, with left shoulder inflammation. Bryant missed nearly three weeks before the All-Star break with the very same issue. Whether he was ever really over it is an open question, but really friends, do we ever truly get over something? Sorry to lay that on you, but I’m feeling deep this afternoon.
The Cubs have called up David Bote from Triple-A Iowa to help out at third base. Tommy La Stella and Ian Happ will likely see most of the time there.
Bryant is hitting .286/.380/.474 with 11 homers and 44 RBI on the year.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.