The Cubs are in a wait-and-see mode in regard to star third baseman Kris Bryant, who was hit in the helmet by a pitch in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Bryant missed his third full game Thursday when the Cubs faced the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Bryant cleared all concussion testing the day he got hit, but the Cubs say he isn’t quite ready to return.
“I learned how resilient we are,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “I also learned the Diamondbacks are a good club. There’s a really good lineup over there.
“There’s a very athletic defense on the infield and in the outfield. It’s challenging middle of the lineup. If you don’t have your best stuff, they’re going to punish you and they did today.”
Dyson hit a two-run homer in the first and Chris Owings added an RBI double off Ben Lively (0-2) to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.
Kelly was suspended April 18 for his role in the brawl.
“It’s disappointing,” Kelly said. “Suspensions are always not fun. Went in there and went through the appeal process. Obviously it didn’t work out too well.”
Both he and Austin threw punches after Austin rushed the mound at Fenway Park when he was hit by a pitch from the right-handed Kelly.
“I always like sticking up for myself,” he said. “It kind of helps me sleep at night going in fighting for what I believe in.”
New York has won six straight, and Austin is batting .350 with three homers and nine RBIs in his past five games, raising his average to .290.
“I obviously don’t want to be suspended at any point in time, but it’s happened, we’ve got to deal with it and move forward,” Austin said after Thursday’s game. “I’m happy they knocked one game down. I’m thankful for that.”
The Yankees managed to win the ALDS, despite the Indians completely shutting down Judge. He struck out in 16 of his 20 at-bats against the Indians last postseason, going just 1-for-20 (.050) overall.
Stanton has never hit a home run against the Indians. They’re one of just four teams Stanton has not homered against (the Orioles, the Royals and the Marlins are the others). Stanton’s career vs. the Indians: 3-for-20 (.150), with no home runs or RBIs, four walks and nine strikeouts.
The most recent meeting between the rivals … well, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly friendly.