Kris Bryant injury update: Cubs 3B remains out of lineup Friday

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, hit in the head Sunday by a 96 mph fastball, remained sidelined Friday after seeing team physicians the day before (per the Chicago Sun-Times) but is close to returning to the lineup, manager Joe Maddon said.Ithink he’s feeling more like himself today,” Maddon told reporters before Friday afternoon’s game against the Brewers (via NBC Sports Chicago). “I gue s today he’s had some really good stuff going on workout-wise so, if I had to gue s, I would bet by tomorrow we’d be in pretty good shape.Kris Bill Lee Jersey Bryant is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow. Tune in to Cubs Pregame Live on NBC Sports Chicago right now for more, and a preview of today’s game vs. Milwaukee! pic https://www.redsoxedge.com/boston-red-sox/mitch-moreland-jersey .twitter.com/5RNi0mvP7S NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) April 27, 2018Bryant cleared all concu sion testing the same day Rockies pitcher German Marquez hit him in the first inning Sunday, but the Cubs continue to take a wait-and-see approach with their star infielder. Friday marked the fourth consecutive game in which Bryant didn’t start.This is about a young man’s life and how he feels 30-40 years from now,so I’m all into that Getting him back on the horse is always a good thing, obviously, so I think he’s going to be fine, said Maddon, who previously characterized the decision for Bryant to sit as being the player’s.Although he didn’t play Thursdayagainst the Brewers, Bryant was available off the bench, Maddon said.”I’m just listening to him, listening to what his needs are right now. And making sure the medical procedures are being followed so we do everything right,” Maddon said Thursday. “It’s never going to be a unilateral decision on my part to insist that he plays, ever. … I really feel strongly that Johnny Pesky Jersey he’s going to be fine, but I don’t want to push it.”Tommy La Stella started at third basethe series opener against the Brewers, and David Bote was at third on Friday.Bryant, 26,is heading in the right direction, teammate Anthony Rizzo says: “He seems good. It’s a scary thing.”The former NL MVPis batting.319/.467/.536 with two homers and 11 RBIs in the early going.