For the second time in the last month, the reigning MVP has avoided serious injury and returned ahead of schedule. Kris Bryant continues to impress everybody with his magical healing abilities. He is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after injuring a finger on his left hand while diving into third base during the first inning of Wednesday's game in Atlanta. Bryant was immediately removed from that game, had the off-day Thursday, was held out Friday and expected to be sitting again for the second game of this Cubs-Cardinals series. But that's not the case. Bryant is once again hitting second and playing third base after missing only 17.5 innings with a finger issue
CHICAGO • The trade deadline usually offers a fair, unvarnished measure of what other teams think of the Cardinals’ talent in the minors and chances in the standings, and with July 31 nearing John Mozeliak was asked Saturday whether his peers see the Cardinals as buyers or sellers this summer. “They know we’re open for business,” Mozeliak said. Part of that business is Lance Lynn. While the Cardinals have fielded interest in multiple players on the big league roster and could use the trade deadline to clear an outfielder and reduce the number of lefties in the bullpen, Lynn stands out as the most prominent player the Cardinals could move. Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations,
The Chicago Cubs have come out of nowhere to play like the best team in baseball, and it looks like they're only going to get better. Surging since the All-Star break, the Cubs have won six consecutive games through Thursday before a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, and sit just one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. On Friday, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Cubs are interested in trading for righty starter Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers.