ONE THROUGH NINE: Both the Cubs and the White Sox have pep in their steps and steel in their spines. How often have we been able to say that?
Bryant suffered a sprain between the ring and pinkie fingers of his left hand Wednesday when he slid headfirst into third base against the Braves.
Sweeps of the Orioles and Braves out of the break have the Cubs “on the lookout for a bunch of different things” to augment playoff push.
The lefty pitched six strong innings to beat the Braves. Kyle Hendricks is expected to replace Montgomery in the rotation when he returns from the DL.
The reigning MVP was hurt sliding headfirst into third base in the first inning Wednesday.
After Lackey’s rough first half and the trade for Jose Quintana, it looked like a demotion to the pen was possible. “That ship sailed,” Lackey said.
In last four games, Cubs’ rotation is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA. In last three days, Cubs trimmed three games off Brewers’ division lead.