Rizzo, Bryant not in Cubs lineup amid commerce buzz

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CHICAGO — Social media was abuzz after the Chicago Cubs introduced their Thursday beginning lineup, which didn’t embrace stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo — though supervisor David Ross mentioned nobody’s been traded. No less than not but.

“I had this earmarked for Rizz for some time now,” Ross acknowledged earlier than the Cubs collection finale in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds. “First off-day after the all-star break. That was regular.

“Trying on the size of the sport final evening and KB (Bryant) far and wide, and points together with his legs, simply made some sense to me.”

Bryant noticed his first motion of the season at shortstop throughout Wednesday’s loss after beginning the sport in left discipline. He endured a 69-pitch ninth inning and had hamstring issues final week so Ross determined a break day was wanted.

Each gamers could possibly be dealt earlier than Friday’s MLB commerce deadline as each are free brokers after this season. Bryant has been tied to the New York Mets whereas Rizzo could possibly be moved to the Boston Crimson Sox.

Groups on the verge of a commerce generally sit out the participant to maintain him from getting injured. Ross was requested immediately in the event that they had been commerce deadline associated strikes.

“They don’t seem to be,” he mentioned. “They’re accessible off the bench. They’re going to get a pleasant spherical of applause, I am positive, once they get in there — in the event that they get in there — to pinch hit. Everybody can hate me or blame me however we have now to maintain these guys. No person has been traded but, let’s maintain our heads about us.”

Bryant was drafted by the Cubs in 2013, profitable rookie of the yr and MVP in consecutive seasons. Rizzo came visiting in a commerce with the San Diego Padres in 2012. Each are thought of iconic Cubs after serving to break a 108 yr championship drought again in 2016.

“I’ve talked to each of them,” Ross mentioned. “They know the state of affairs; it could possibly be their final dwelling recreation and all that. Everybody is ok with what is going on on.”

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