Bryant’s status for Thursday was unclear after Wednesday’s 10-inning loss to the Cardinals. He was the only player left on the bench by the end of the game, and manager David Ross said postgame the 29-year-old was unavailable.
All-Star Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs’ starting lineup for the second straight game Thursday due to right hamstring fatigue.
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The Cubs manager had mapped out a day off for Bryant Wednesday but expected him to be available off the bench while possibly starting Thursday.
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Ross said pregame Wednesday Bryant, who exited Tuesday’s win in the fifth inning, has been dealing with “heavy legs,” something Ross said was on his radar entering Tuesday’s game.
Cubs option Sergio Alcántara, recall Trevor Megill
Prior to Thursday’s game, the Cubs recalled right-hander Trevor Megill from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Sergio Alcántara in a corresponding move.
This marks Megill’s fourth stint with the Cubs this season. He adds a fresh arm to a bullpen that has carried a heavy workload this week against St. Louis, tossing 11 1/3 innings in the three games.
Megill has allowed six earned runs in five appearances (three innings) this season. Infielder Matt Duffy, who was eligible to come off the 60-day injured list Thursday, could be in line to rejoin the Cubs for Friday’s series opener against the Diamondbacks.
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