Back problems put Bryant back on the bench.


PITTSBURGH — Rockies left fielder Chris Bryant has been removed from the lineup due to a recurring back problem that missed 21 games on the disabled list on Monday.

Bryant returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 1-4 in a doubleheader opener against the Mets and went 0-for-2 on Sunday with two walks. He was on the original lineup card for the three-game series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Black said Monday that the 19-21-year-old Rockies are looking forward to a healthy and productive Bryant.

“When he goes back to Chris Bryant, he’s a producer in the middle of the spell,” Black said. “On-base percentage is a big part of his game. RBI chance, clutch hitting, good pitching, good batting average, walks, things other people notice. How to catch, how to play aggressive games.”

During spring training, the Rockies signed a seven-year, $182 million contract with Bryant. Bryant hit safely in his first 11 games this season while batting .349. However, after hitting one and 16 in four games, Bryant reported back problems and was placed into 10-day IL on April 29th.

Bryant, 30, has a .270 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, four doubles and no home runs in 17 games this season.

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