Chicago Cubs: Two big-name guys this team needs
Kris Bryant came off the disabled list on Sept. 1 as scheduled. Since returning from the disabled list he’s been playing all over the place to make room in the lineup for other players. Bryant was even originally scheduled to start in center field on Friday in Washington.
It took a long time for Bryant to come back from this latest disabled list stint. And it was his second trip to the disable list for the same shoulder injury. Bryant has even switched to a two-handed follow through on his swing to reduce stress on his shoulder.
Of all of the injuries, Brandon Morrow’s is the least clear and perhaps the most crucial to the Cubs success in the postseason. Morrow is running out of time to get healthy and prove that he could pitch effectively for the Cubs in the playoffs. Most minor league seasons are over. So Morrow will have to work his way back without the benefit of a rehab assignment. Unfortunately, the Cubs could be without Morrow for the rest of the year.
So if you are keeping score, Morrow and Heyward might not be healthy in time for the playoffs. Rizzo should be fine. Russell has been playing hurt. Schwarber and Zobrist have missed time with either a bad back or neck. And Bryant is back, but with a new follow though on his swing.