Bryant is having trouble gripping the bat due to his jammed finger that he suffered during Wednesday's contest in Atlanta. There's a chance that Bryant will miss Sunday's affair as well, but manager Joe Maddon hasn't ruled out a return for that game, and stated that he could possibly play depending on his progress over the next couple days.
Although nothing is for certain at this point, it remains a possibility that manager Joe Maddon shuts Bryant down for the entirety of the series against St. Louis after he jammed his ring finger during Wednesday's contest. Bryant should still be considered day-to-day until the Cubs release more information on the third baseman, but he was replaced in the lineup by Javier Baez for Friday's opener.
The strained right pinkie finger remains an issue, and Bryant will get at least one more day on the pine to help it heal. At least X-rays came back negative on the digit, so he should rejoin the lineup in the next few days if all goes smoothly when he tests it. Javier Baez slides in at the hot corner in his stead.
Spangenberg is now 9-for-23 with three homers, eight RBI and seven runs through seven games since the All-Star break. He was a first-round pick in 2011, but the 26-year-old infielder hasn't made much fantasy noise or shown any power upside to this point in his professional career. It's also worth noting that San Diego played its first series out of the break at Coors Field. Still, in cavernous leagues, he could provide serviceable numbers in the second half.
Nunez had been held out Wednesday due to lingering hamstring soreness, but it seems like he's good to go back into the lineup after a night off (outside of a pinch hit appearance). He'll resume his normal role in the upper-third of the Giants' lineup, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him get semi-regular days off to ensure that his hamstring doesn't act up down the stretch.
Suarez accounted for all of the Reds' offense in a 12-2 blowout. The 26-year-old was in a bad way at the plate throughout most of June (.190 average, two homers), but he seems to be heating up again with five extra-base hits in his last three games. His overall numbers still look strong despite the recent funk -- his .360 OBP represents a dramatic improvement from a year ago (.317).
He established a new career-high with the six RBI, and Lamb's now up to 76 RBI for the year, which puts him just 15 off his total from all of last year (91). Lamb continues to struggle in a major way against left-handed pitching -- he came into Thursday with a .139/.227/.329 line against lefties -- but he's so good against righties that it hardly matters for season-long players. The 26-year-old has been a top-five third baseman to this point.
The rookie had been deployed primarily as a pinch hitter since his call-up July 7, going 1-for-6 with a pair of RBI over that span. The Giants' infield is currently too crowded to afford the 24-year-old consistent playing time, but if the club opts to move Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline, Gomez could be one of the main beneficiaries.
After Kris Bryant left the game in the first inning with a strained finger, La Stella took over at third base. Bryant is considered day-to-day and the Cubs have an off day Thursday, but if he misses any action Friday or beyond, La Stella and Javier Baez are both options to fill in at the hot corner.
After being held out of the starting lineup with a sore hamstring, Nunez entered the game in the seventh inning and knocked a base hit up the middle. While Nunez might still be limited for the next couple days, it doesn't appear as if the injury should be a serious source of concern.