Lower back Stiff
Before the regular season manager emphasized the importance of giving 35-year-old Ben Zobrist ample rest after his consecutive World Series seasons.
"The last few days my back has been a bit tight, " Zobrist said. "He knew that and thought it might be good to (rest) rather than push through a few days."
Zobrist went 0-for-5 Tuesday and flied to center as a pinch-hitter Wednesday.
Zobrist said his lower back would continue to be monitored with the hope he could return Saturday, weather permitting.
The need to keep eight relievers likely will result in infielder Tommy La Stella being optioned to Triple-A Iowa as soon as he returns from the bereavement list, possibly as soon as Saturday.
"We've used a lot of pitching even though it's only 15 (games), " Maddon said before Friday's game. "We've looked at it, and it's probably the better way to go right now."
La Stella had only four at-bats before being placed on the bereavement list Monday after his grandmother passed.
Jersey jolt: was amazed to learn that he leads all major league players in terms of jersey sales and doesn't take his distinction for granted.
"It's more important how you carry yourself, how you treat other people, how you act off the field, " said Bryant, 25, who won National League most valuable player honors last season while helping lead the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. "All that plays into it. It's cool, all the home runs, but I feel I can make more of an impact just being a good person."
The Cubs dominated the sales, with Bryant and Anthony Rizzo listed 1-2, and Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber 4-5 (with Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw third).
"We have a big following now, " Bryant said. "With that comes a big responsibility. I think all of us who are on that list and everyone who is not, it really doesn't matter. We embrace who we are as a team, and we're proud to be Cubs."