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Cubs notes: Kris Bryant, Brian Duensing to begin rehab stints

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fields a ground ball by the Reds' Billy Hamilton on June 22 in Cincinnati. Bryant will begin a rehabilitation stint beginning Monday at Double-A Tennessee.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fields a ground ball by the Reds' Billy Hamilton on June 22 in Cincinnati. Bryant will begin a rehabilitation stint beginning Monday at Double-A Tennessee.

CHICAGO – Third baseman Kris Bryant and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing left Chicago on Sunday for the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee affiliate, where each will begin an injury rehab assignment. 

Duensing hs been on the disabled list effective July 1 with left-shoulder fatigue. 

Bryant took more early hitting Sunday at Wrigley Field as he continues his comeback from left-shoulder inflammation. 

“I feel good,” said Bryant, who has been on the DL effective June 23. “Just took it nice and slow and made sure it’s something I manage. Hopefully, it doesn’t come back again.”

Bryant added a lot of that “depends on my stubbornness and if I go up there and take the right amount of swings each day or take too many. It’s just managing workload. If I do that, I should be good.”

He will begin playing gamesMonday at Tennessee. The Cubs go to San Francisco for a three-game series beginning Monday night, and they are not ruling out Bryant rejoining them for that part of that series. 

Bryant said he couldn’t remember the last time he had been away from baseball for so long. 

“Maybe like when my mom grounded me as a kid,” he said. “Literally, I can’t remember a time where I’ve been forced away from the baseball. I’ve been really fortunate my whole life up until this point, my whole life playing baseball. But you have bumps along the way, and this is certainly one of them. You learn a lot along the way, and I’ve learned that I need to take a little better care of my body. Thankfully, I said something and really go this under control.”

More bullpen moves: The Cubs placed right-handed reliever Anthony Bass on the 10-day DL because of illness. They selected the contract of right-handed reliever James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. 

The 24-year-old Norwood joins the Cubs after going 1-2 with two saves and a 2.13 ERA in 29 relief appearances between Tennessee and Iowa this season.

He was a seventh-round pick of the Cubs in 2014 out of St. Louis University. 

Bass has done a good job for the Cubs since coming up from Iowa last month. He is 0-0 with an 0.63 ERA and a WHIP of 1.17 in 14 games.  

Top pick flashes power: Shortstop Nico Hoerner, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick this year, hit his first pro home run Saturday for Single-A Eugene in a 5-1 loss against Hillsboro. Hoerner entered Sunday 7 for 16 at Eugene.

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