Kris Bryant, Javier Baez out of Cubs' starting lineup

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Kris Bryant, Javier Baez out of Cubs' starting lineup

Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the host Atlanta Braves due to a biceps injury while shortstop Javier Baez didn't start for the second straight night because of a hamstring issue.

Bryant, a three-time All-Star, began having trouble with the biceps last week when temperatures in Chicago dipped into the 30s during a series with the New York Mets.

The 29-year-old continued to play and even belted a grand slam in Monday's 8-7 loss to the Braves.

"It's just been bothering him," Chicago manager David Ross said of Bryant. "He's been getting treatment, trying to play through it. It's just starting to bark a little bit. I'm going to try to rest him."

The 2016 National League MVP is batting .289 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 21 games this season.

Baez felt tightness in his left hamstring while running the bases during Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The two-time All-Star was undergoing testing and treatment on Tuesday in hopes of detecting the severity. Ross was unable to rule out the possibility of Baez being placed on the 10-day injured list.

"We want Javy to be healthy and we are still really early in the season," Ross said. "So, pushing him too hard doesn't make a lot of sense. But if he feels good and he bounces back and all the tests show (there's no issues), we'll push forward."

Baez, 28, is batting just .234 in 20 games but has six homers and 17 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

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