When all else fails, know that Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will always choose fun. Usual third baseman Kris Bryant left Chicago’s game with Cincinnati Reds in the top of ninth inning when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch.
CINCINNATI – Injured Cubs shortstop Addison Russell took a significant step toward returning from the disabled list Tuesday and said he expects to be back in less than two weeks. “Maybe a week and a half at the most,” said Russell, who has been on the DL since Aug. 3 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “We’re not too far out. Maybe even before that.” Russell stayed in Chicago to rehab during the team’s previous road trip. But he joined the team for this trip, taking grounders at short Tuesday during early work and taking regular batting practice on the field with the team for the first time since the injury. “I did pretty much everything I wanted my brain to do today,” Russell said,
1) There were no reports of anyone on site in Florham Park being blinded by staring directly at the solar eclipse outdoors at Atlantic Health Training Center. More surprising, there were no reports of anyone being blinded by staring directly at the Jets’ offense inside the field house, either. 2) Jets quarterback Josh McCown — who may have become the first professional athlete in history this week to earn a job by doing (quite literally) nothing — is feeling good about things: “One thing we’re going to do,” he said, “is play smart football and protect the football,” and only a negative nelly would be keen to point out that, with an 18-42-0 lifetime record as a starting quarterback in the NFL, McCown can probably identify a lousy offense with the same unparalleled expertise with which Berry Gordy could tell if someone could carry a tune or not.