Chicago Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant injured himself trying to catch a pop up in foul territory but rolled his ankle on the side of the base. The Cubs said he has a mild-to-moderate sprain but that X-rays were negative. The Cubs have not yet determined whether the reigning NL MVP will require a stay on the disabled list. "I was watching closely and you could see it was more painful than you would think". Montero, an established 33-year-old big leaguer, was promptly designated for assignment early Wednesday - around the same time some members of the team, from executives to players and including Manager Joe Maddon, were on a voluntary visit to the White House. Stroman (8-4) allowed five singles and struck out seven.
Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back home runs against John Lackey (5-9) during Washington's four-run second inning. The way I look at it is get him off his feet, literally, for a couple days.
The Cubs are also looking for a leadoff hitter as they have been using left-handed power hitter Anthony Rizzo in that role for most of the past two weeks.
Bryant was having a strong game up until that point in what had been a disappointing effort by the Cubs.
"I grew up in the minor leagues, man", Maddon said. "You don't cry. Of course suboptimal, no question.We have a game to win (Thursday)". "(Bryant) will not be starting, obviously, so we'll try to figure it out in another way".
RHP Shawn Kelley (lower back strain) began throwing Monday, according to manager Dusty Baker.
Update IV: Strasburg finished seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts. He retired nine of his first 10.
In 74 games this season, Bryant is hitting.264 with a.395 on-base percentage, a.520 slugging percentage, 16 homers and 32 RBIs.
"Things happen. You have to fix them when things happen", Maddon said.