Yu Darvish will make a minor-league rehab start Monday and might be ready to offer reinforcements soon after that.
“I kind of just kept swinging through it and being a little stubborn,” said Bryant, whose soreness surfaced “about five days ago.”
The Cubs lost 11-2 in Cincinnati, the 37th time in 74 games they scored three runs or fewer. They average 7.9 runs in the other half of their games.
Almora, the Cubs’ center fielder, is among the league leaders in hitting but isn’t on either the fan or player ballots for the All-Star Game.
The finger that was broken June 3 and has lingering damage in the knuckle might be an issue to manage for the rest of the season, Russell said.
After winning a tight, intense series against the Dodgers, the Cubs lost their second straight game to the Reds.
The Cubs’ closer played catch Friday and expects to be ready to return from the DL when he’s eligible on Wednesday.
“If you want to keep riding that emotional roller coaster, go ahead,” said Madden, who likes where his team’s positioned in June, even after the loss.
The Dodgers’ bullpen coach is the former Cubs’ phenom who drew critics and questions about his toughness when injuries began to derail his career.
The last time the Cubs fielded the ball this well in a season, they went on to win the World Series.
The Cubs’ $126 million starter threw an “outstanding” 51-pitch simulated game Wednesday and might start a rehab assignment Monday.
Almora’s winning hit after Baez was intentionally walked in front of him gave the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers and a doubleheader split.
Montgomery pitched another six innings, allowing one run, and Albert Almora Jr. drove home the 10th-inning winner to beat the Dodgers 2-1 in Game 2.
With a back spasm sidelining the Cubs’ closer, Justin Wilson blew a ninth-inning lead in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a doubleheader.