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Despite recent injuries, Kris Bryant’s toughness not in question

4 years agoMatt Danielewicz

Yesterday was a painful night for Kris Bryant. He took a ground ball off the wrist in practice and later took a foul ball off his foot during last night’s scrimmage. Despite the bad luck, Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies consider Bryant an Ironman on Cubs 360 Summer Camp.

Deshaies says it’s a restart for a lot of these players despite being banged up.

“They get all banged up in spring training, then they shut it down for a while, get back out here and it starts all over again. Foul balls, balls off the fingers, balls rolling up and hitting you in the chops. It’s stuff that guys deal with every single day,” Deshaies said. 

Kasper brought up a stat involving Kris Bryant and the amount of games that lead to being an Ironman.

“He was the 11th player, I believe, in Major League history to play in at least 150 games in each of his first three major league seasons. He’s been, other than a couple of years ago when he battled a couple of injuries with the shoulder, he’s been an Ironman,” Kasper said.

Deshaies brought up with how big Bryant’s frame is, he doesn’t play the game like a big man.

“You think of the players that tend to stay healthy, the big burly guys that don’t take chances on the bases and don’t leave their feet very often. KB is a big man who will play small the way he runs the bases and leaves his feet on defense,” Deshaies said.

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