Maddon updates status of Bryant's injured shoulder

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Isiah Downing - USA Today Sports
Isiah Downing - USA Today Sports

Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant hasn't swung a bat in two weeks since he landed on the disabled list for the second time this season with left shoulder inflammation.

Bryant was able to field groundballs and threw the baseball in pre-game on Monday which was a step in the right direction in his rehab.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was on the Berstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday and updated the status of Bryant's rehab.

That's the most baseball activity he's done," Maddon said. "He hasn't got into the swinging component. And then when he does that, he's swinging. Then the next step is the next day, 'I feel pretty good.' Then you swing again and maybe it's sore. So you got to wait and see. It is truly a day-by-day situation. I like the idea that we've been patient.

"It's a patient process. Fortunately, we do have wonderful depth."

Speaking of depth, Maddon was asked what type of future with the Cubs he sees with rookie David Bote when Bryant returns.

"Until we have a finish line on KB, it's hard to wrap your mind around that," he said. "We also have September coming up with expanded rosters. Who knows how that's all going to play out at this point. I honestly haven't even thought about it. Until I know KB's finish line is set, it's one of those things you just continue to play."

Bryant spoke with the media on Sunday and was ready to get back to helping the team.

“It’s not fun,” he said. “It would be nice to miss only a couple games, but sometimes things take a little longer. It’s just unfortunate, but I think everybody has to go through it at some point of their career. It’s just another thing we all have to learn from."

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