There’s no easing Kris Bryant into this Major League Baseball player thing.
Bryant, the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, was recalled to make his MLB debut on Friday. He’ll play third base and bat clean-up, just the fifth player to make his debut in the clean-up spot since 2003.
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Bryant led spring training with nine home runs, but was sent down to Triple-A to start the season. Friday is the first official day he can play while still being under team control for an extra year. Bryant won’t be a free agent until 2021 now, rather than 2020 if he would’ve started the season with the team.
Bryant hit three home runs in Triple-A before being promoted today. He’ll take Mike Olt’s spot, who was placed on the DL with a fracture in his wrist. Tommy La Stella is also hurt with an oblique injury. Those two injuries opened an immediate spot for Bryant.
The Cubs will face the San Diego Padres this weekend at Wrigley Field. James Shields will be the starter for the Padres.