CHICAGO — Still on the injured list while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Kris Bryant is traveling with the Colorado Rockies this week as the franchise stays in the Windy City for the week to face both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs. Additionally, there were some positive signs regarding Bryant as the Rockies opened a two-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night.
Some perhaps positive news for Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies on the injury front
Bryant was seen playing catch in the outfield before the White Sox and Rockies squared off on Tuesday night. It’s a good sign for the 30-year-old outfielder, who has not played for the Rockies since going 0-for-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said in the pregame media session that Bryant had shed the walking boot that had been a part of his daily regimen while trying to overcome plantar fasciitis and that Bryant was ramping up activities.
“He’s doing better. He’s improving. He’s out of the boot,” Black said. “He’s increasing his activity in the weight room and in the training room, so he’s feeling better.”
Black added that Bryant is also taking some swings and “has a bat in his hand.” However, Black stopped short of saying that Bryant was close to getting back on the field.
“I wish I could say he can get there before the end of the season and get in some games, but I think medically and just how he feels, we’re not just there yet,” Black said.
Earlier in the day, Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt said that he is still holding out hope that Bryant can return this season.
“Even if it’s the last week or last 10 days, I think it would still be good for him,” Schmidt said.
Bryant is expected to be a focus this weekend as he returns with the Rockies to Wrigley Field, a place where he spent the first five-plus years of his career as a Cub.