Bryant reportedly to be activated, Cubs infielder demoted


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Cubs standout third baseman Kris Bryant will be activated from the 10-day disabled list with his right shoulder inflammation injury on Wednesday according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times.

For the season, Bryant is batting .280 with 20 doubles, three triples, nine homers and 36 RBI in 66 games this season.

Bryant spoke to reporters about his shoulder before Monday's game against the Montgomery Biscuits.

"It's responded great. I think we've really strengthened it and gotten it to where it needs to be," Bryant said via MLB.com. "Taking two weeks off is tough. It's hard to get thrown right back into the fire like that. I thought coming down here and taking some at-bats in a no-pressure environment -- obviously, I would love to help the team win -- but for me, I just want to get that timing back."

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was on 670 The Score Wednesday morning and praised the Cubs depth while Bryant was out with the injury.

"We lost one of the best players in the National League for a few weeks and didn't miss a beat."

Hoyer also mentioned that Bryant will have to watch the amount of workload he does on his shoulder.

"This is more of a result of his thousands and thousands of swings. That shoulder got kind of angry. Kris is going to have to monitor his workload a little bit and monitor how high his (swing) finish is."

Bryant's fill-in David Bote will be sent back down to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the roster.

The 25-year old rookie has been impressive in his stint with the Cubs flashing solid defense and batting .300 with a homer and nine RBIs.

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