Bryant shows shoulder is non-issue with 'B' game homer

Bryant shows shoulder is non-issue with 'B' game homer

MESA, Ariz. -- Kris Bryant tested his right shoulder by throwing on Thursday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman was "all smiles." The shoulder definitely isn't affecting his hitting.

Bryant hit his seventh spring homer in the third inning of a "B" game against the Angels at Sloan Park. The two-run shot, however, does not count in Cactus League statistics.

"He knows what he's doing at the plate," Maddon said of the Cubs' top prospect.

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Bryant, who has not played third base in one week because of fatigue in his shoulder, was the designated hitter in the "B" game. He was called out on strikes in the first inning with one out and a runner at third base, homered in the third, and reached on a fielder's choice in the fifth.

Maddon said Bryant will be evaluated on Friday, and then the Cubs will decide when he can resume playing third base.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.