Remember how the Cubs got lucky with a Kris Bryant injury earlier in the season? That stroke of luck could not be found the second time around.
Chicago once considered their former MVP and slugging third baseman to just be day-to-day, but as his injury failed to progress, it was time to make more drastic moves.
The Cubs have officially placed Bryant on the DL with left shoulder inflammation.
Cubs place Kris Bryant on the DL with left shoulder inflammation.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 26, 2018
Bryant did miss five-straight games before this decision was made, but manager Joe Maddon believed this was something that could figure itself out without him missing a large chunk of time.
On the bright side, this is retroactive to June 23, which means he'll be available earlier than one would have thought if things go according to plan.
The Cubs still find themselves trailing the Brewers in the NL Central, so a hot streak, once he returns from the disabled list, would definitely be appreciated.