Bryant has been sidelined since being plunked in the head during Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies. He remains under evaluation by the Cubs even though a concussion was initially ruled out. Bryant was scheduled to meet with the team doctor on Thursday.
Bryant suffered a left eye laceration after being hit by an up-and-in 96 mph fastball on a 1-2 count by Rockies right-hander German Marquez. The pitch made contact around the forehead, but Bryant didn't fall to the ground.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday that he expected Bryant to return soon. He indicated Friday morning that Saturday could be the day Bryant is back in the lineup.
--The Cubs expect Ben Zobrist to be activated from the disabled list Saturday following two days of running the bases and taking batting practice.
Zobrist has been on the DL since April 14 with back tightness.
The versatile Zobrist was hitting .326 with one home run and seven RBIs when he went down after 13 games.
--The Boston Red Sox activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the 10-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, utility man Brock Holt was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Bogaerts had missed the team's last 15 games because of a left ankle injury. Prior to his injury, Bogaerts was off to a strong start at the plate, hitting. 368 with two home runs, seven doubles and nine RBIs in nine games.
Holt, 29, suffered his injury while running out a double in the third inning of the team's win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Holt went 1-for-1 in the contest to extend his hitting streak to nine games and raise his average to .340. Through his first seven games of the season, Holt was hitting .063.
--Field Level Media