Rockies left fielder Kris Bryant, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, is cautious about his return.
Bryant, who treated his injury Sunday morning before the Rockies hosted Cincinnati, said the best course of action for his own health and for the benefit of the team was to make sure he was in good shape. health before returning to the field.
“There’s no point in going out there and feeling like you’re going to hurt the team,” said Bryant, who had a light catch-up game with head coach Keith Dugger on Sunday. “If there’s a bullet in space or something, and I’m hesitant to even go out and pick it up or something – that’s not a good place.”
Bryant was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday after missing three games in Philadelphia. Bryant can play again Friday when the Rockies open a three-game series in Arizona.
Manager Bud Black said he hoped Bryant would be ready to play in the Diamondbacks series. Bryant, however, does not want to set a date for his return.
“I guess in the past I’ve been in situations where you say you’re going out that day and then it doesn’t happen and it creates more history than you want it to,” he said. -he declares. “I guess I’m hesitant to put (a schedule) on it. I’m just working day to day, but I’m optimistic (I’ll be) ready when I can be.
Bryant, who signed a seven-year, $182 million free agent contract, got off to a good start, hitting .349 with hits in 10 of his first 11 games. But a slump dropped his average to .281 and he’s yet to hit a home run in 57 at bats. Additionally, he went for just four runs and is hitting .056 (1 for 18) with runners in scoring position.
The Rockies, 12-9 in April, are counting on Bryant to bolster their offense.
Bryant went hitless in 16 at bats before delivering a single at the end of the Rockies’ 8-2 loss Monday at Philadelphia.
Bryant said his back started bothering him after the Rockies played a doubleheader in Detroit on April 23.
“I woke up pretty badly the next day,” said. “I just put my finger on playing my first doubleheader in a while. I haven’t really looked at it.
“But it continued and gave me some problems. Even in my work in the batting cages, I noticed it. The results on the field were not what I wanted them to be.