(670 The Score) When Cubs infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant exited in the fifth inning of Chicago’s game at St. Louis on Tuesday evening, it wasn’t initially clear why.
With the trade deadline looming on July 30, Bryant’s exit naturally piqued the interest of reporters and fans and led to an uproar on Twitter. Were the Cubs finalizing a deal to trade Bryant? After a storied tenure in Chicago, was he on his way out of town?
No, we found out a couple innings later. Bryant had exited with right hamstring fatigue, the team said.
While the information vacuum on Bryant’s status for those 35 or so minutes had many on edge, Cubs manager David Ross got a big chuckle out of it.
“It made me laugh,” Ross told reporters later. “I was actually giggling. I was like, ‘This is nice for the media. They get to speculate to the ninth. If I could’ve gotten ahold of (director of media relations) Jason Carr not to give you any information about what had happened and let you guys kind of run with some things, but no, I get all of that. That’s the first thing I thought of when he did come out and I finally had a chance to reset. I said, ‘I bet the world, all you guys, the (Ken) Rosenthals, the (Jon) Heymans, all those guys, I love that they had to waste some time and make some phone calls.”
The Cubs rallied for a 7-6 win against the Cardinals with a stunning six-run ninth inning. Even so, the win is highly unlikely to stop the team’s selling process, which already started with the trade of outfielder Joc Pederson to the Braves. If Bryant is traded, here’s a look at a few logical landing spots for him.