The Cubs will play a second straight game without Kris Bryant, but that doesn't mean fans should start panicking. Bryant hasn't played since getting hit in the head in the top of the first inning in Sunday's game with a 96 mph fastball. Bryant has been cleared by doctors in Colorado and Cleveland and will meet with the Cubs team doctor Thursday in Chicago. The Cubs kept their MVP third baseman out of the lineup Tuesday to give him an extra day of rest, initially hoping he'd be back Wednesday before deciding Tuesday night they should give him another day. "He's not bad, he's fine," Joe Maddon said. "It's just one of those things. He's been seeing the doctors. There's nothing awful. It's just a matter of getting him ready to play. "I'm not hearing anything bad. Not at all. I really anticipate good soon. If anything went the other way, I think we'd be surprised." Head injuries are very tricky and sometimes symptoms can show up days after the initial trauma. That doesn't appear to be the case here with Bryant, but the Cubs also don't want him to rush back until he's ready physically, mentally and emotionally. The key word there is "trauma," because it was a traumatic experience for Bryant and something he'll have to come to terms with mentally before he can step back in that batter's box.
Cubs are still without Kris Bryant, but insist there's no need to worry
NBC Sports Chicago | Apr 26