9 is fine: Bryant homers -- again

Chicago's top prospect clubs MLB-leading long ball in third inning vs. A's

9 is fine: Bryant homers -- again

MESA, Ariz. -- Another day, another home run for Kris Bryant.

The Cubs top prospect belted his ninth spring home run in the third inning Tuesday against the Athletics, connecting on the first pitch from Drew Pomeranz, who had struck out Bryant in the first.

Bryant leads the Major Leagues this spring in homers. His Cubs teammates wouldn't mind seeing that pop in the Opening Day lineup. However, the Cubs could have Bryant open the season at Triple-A Iowa to avoid starting the service time clock.

"There's not much any of us can do anymore," teammate Anthony Rizzo said Tuesday. "It is what it is. He's a great kid. That's really all you can keep saying."

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Bryant did some outfield drills on Tuesday and will likely play there in the next couple days, manager Joe Maddon said.

"[We wanted to] get him back out there and reacquainted," Maddon said. "He knows how to do it."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.