CHICAGO — Social media platforms had been abuzz after the Chicago Cubs introduced their Thursday beginning lineup, which didn’t embody stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo — though supervisor David Ross mentioned nobody has been traded. At the least not but.
“I had this earmarked for Rizz for some time now,” Ross said earlier than the Cubs’ sequence finale in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds. “First off-day after the All-Star break. That was regular.
“Wanting on the size of the sport final night time and KB [Bryant] in all places, and points along with his legs, simply made some sense to me.”
Bryant noticed his first motion of the season at shortstop throughout Wednesday’s loss after beginning the sport in left area. He endured a 69-pitch ninth inning and had hamstring issues final week, so Ross determined a day without work was wanted.
Each gamers might be dealt earlier than Friday’s MLB commerce deadline as each are free brokers after this season. Bryant has been tied to the New York Mets, and Rizzo might be moved to the Boston Red Sox.
Groups on the verge of a commerce typically sit the participant to maintain him from getting injured. Ross was requested straight whether or not the strikes had been associated to the looming commerce deadline.
“They don’t seem to be,” he mentioned. “They’re accessible off the bench. They will get a pleasant spherical of applause, I am certain, once they get in there — in the event that they get in there — to pinch hit. Everybody can hate me or blame me, however we’ve to maintain these guys. No person has been traded but; let’s maintain our heads about us.”
Bryant was drafted by the Cubs in 2013, successful Rookie of the Yr and MVP in consecutive seasons. Rizzo came visiting in a commerce with the San Diego Padres in 2012. Each are thought-about iconic Cubs after serving to break a 108-year championship drought again in 2016.
“I’ve talked to each of them,” Ross mentioned. “They know the scenario; it might be their final dwelling recreation and all that. Everybody is okay with what is going on on.”