NEW YORK – The biggest news surrounding the Cubs on Saturday night happened more than 1,000 miles away from the big-league club, because Kris Bryant is supposed to be a franchise player.
Bryant leaving Triple-A Iowa’s game in the third inning ignited the speculation on Twitter, but the elite prospect won’t get called up this season.
Bryant will get an MRI on Sunday after X-rays on his left big toe were inconclusive. The Cubs didn’t sound too concerned about a major injury, but they also didn’t have many details immediately available to the media.
Bryant – who had recently fouled a ball off his foot – went to a hospital in the Des Moines area.
After a 5-3 loss to Salt Lake at Principal Park, Iowa manager Marty Pevey told The Des Moines Register: “He’s been dealing with it himself for the last couple of nights and sucking it up because he’s a freaking gamer.”
Bryant, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, has actually exceeded the hype this season, putting up 40 homers and 103 RBI in 123 games split between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee. Baseball America ranked the 22-year-old third baseman as the game’s No. 2 prospect.
That’s why Cubs fans freak out – and the Chicago media makes it a headline – almost anytime they see Bryant’s name on social media.