Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup with a bruised left wrist, a day after being hit by a pitch.

Manager Joe Maddon says he’s optimistic the injury won’t linger. Chicago held a half-game lead over Milwaukee atop the NL Central going into Wednesday night’s game against Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field.

Bryant was hit in the wrist with a pitch by Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer in the fourth inning Tuesday. The third baseman exited in the sixth after it became swollen

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, checks on Kris Bryant after he was hit by a pitch thrown by Pittsburgh Pirates’ Chris Archer during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)

“It’s sore, like you would have anticipated,” Maddon said. “But, he thought, the swelling wasn’t as heavy as we anticipated.”

X-rays on the wrist were negative and the Cubs initially said Bryant would miss at least one game.

The former NL MVP has had two stints on the disabled list this season because of left shoulder inflammation. The 26-year-old Bryant is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 98 games.

Source: The Associated Press

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