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Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup for a second straight day with a bruised left wrist.

Bryant was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Chris Archer on Tuesday. Chicago manager Joe Maddon says Bryant could be available as a pinch hitter on Thursday night and as a starter Friday against St. Louis.

The 2016 NL MVP has had two stints on the disabled list this season because of left shoulder inflammation. The 26-year-old Bryant is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 98 games.

David Bote started at third for the Cubs on Thursday.

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