Cubs’ Kris Bryant returns to the lineup Saturday

Kris Bryant gave the entire Cubs fan base a scare when he slid into third base and caught his hand on a cleat this week. They let out a collective sigh of relief when they discovered it was just a pinky sprain, but still, no Cubs fan wants to see their star third baseman get hurt.

Bryant has been held out of the lineup since injuring his pinky, but the Cubs announced he makes his return to the lineup Saturday.

The San Diego grad will be batting second behind Ben Zobrist as the Cubs will attempt to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. Their six-game winning streak they had coming out of the break was broken Friday night with an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis (Gatto): Nightengale says Boston wants to do one-stop shopping to plug holes at third base and in the bullpen. Prado and Phelps fulfill those respective desires well. Prado is healthy after two trips to the DL because of hamstring injuries. He would be ideal for the Sox’s contact-heavy lineup (third-fewest Ks in the majors). Phelps, a right-hander, can be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. His poor April has mostly been forgotten; he compiled a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings from May 3 through July 9.

Analysis (Gatto): Miami is expected to sell this month, and Gordon would represent a substantial piece of that sell-off. Nightengale reported three teams have expressed interest in the speedy (32 stolen bases) leadoff Cheap Jerseys In Toronto man, who would be a long-term play for those clubs. (UPDATE: Heyman reports the Angels, Blue Jays and the Royals are the teams that have inqured.) Gordon three years and $37 million remaining on his contract after 2017, plus a $14 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2021, per Cot’s Contracts. One potential drawback: age. Gordon is 29, which means he will be entering his decline phase during the latter stages Cheap Jerseys Ireland of that contract.

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