It looked like the Cubs were finally have to deal with some bad news when Kris Bryant left his game early on Sunday with a foot injury. An MRI revealed that there is no structural damage to the foot, however, and Bryant is not expected to miss any extended period of time, reports Daren Smith of MiLB.com.
The question every Cubs fan is waiting for an answer to is whether or not Bryant will get a call up to the majors at the end of this season. Despite his incredible numbers this season - .333/.440/.678 combined between Double and Triple-A - Bryant is still just in his first full season as a professional after being drafted second overall last year. He's done everything he can as a hitter, but the Cubs may not want to promote him so quickly.
A foot injury may not have too much impact on the Cubs decision, especially if he only misses a few games, but it can't help and could serve as an excuse to hold him back until next summer. We'll find out in a few weeks if he will get the call, as the September 1 roster expansion will serve as the most likely opportunity to call him up. If he misses any significant portion of the time between now and then, it could make the Cubs decision for them, but if he returns quickly, he could earn himself a cup of coffee this season.
Biddle Leaves Early
Jesse Biddle was making his first start back in Double-A after taking a "mental break" for a few weeks, but he was unable to make it through the outing, leaving with a strained quad, reports Todd Zolecki, of MLB.com.
Biddle has had a rough 2014 season, continuing to struggle with his command while missing fewer bats than ever before. He also suffered a concussion after getting hit in the head with hail, and needed to take a break for a few weeks to clear his head. He is attempting to end the season on a positive note with a few decent outings in Double-A, where he has now spent two straight seasons.
Biddle, still just 22, was the 27th overall pick in 2010 and was the Phillies top prospect entering the season.