Bryant, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder issue, could potentially be back with the Cubs when they’re on their upcoming West Coast road trip.
“It’s just been really, really boring for me to sit back and not be out there,” he said. “It’s refuelled some of the excitement for getting out there on the field. I can’t wait to get back out there.”
It’s possible that Bryant will have to deal with the inflammation in his shoulder for the rest of the season, but he’s hopeful he can find the right balance to keep himself productive at the plate.
“It’ll depend on my stubbornness, and if I go out there and take the right amount of swings each day or take too many,” he said. “It’s just managing the workload. If I do that, I’ll be good.”
Bryant is expected to be in the lineup for the Smokies when they take on Montgomery Monday. He will be joined by Cubs pitcher Brian Duensing, who has been on the disabled list with arm fatigue.