After suffering a foot injury on Friday, Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant announced on Saturday that he would not be returning for the rest of the 2022 season.
Bryant was quoted by Thomas Harding of My plan all along was to end the year with striders, and I’m doing better than expected. I tried to get as near as possible to playing again so that I could plan a more effective strategy for the offseason.
For the sake of making the playoffs, I almost considered getting a cortisone shot. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is more effective at healing, while the cortisone is more effective in masking pain.
Bryant has been out since August 1 with plantar fasciitis and a bone bruise in his right foot, adding to the time he lost earlier this season due to back discomfort and a lower back strain. The platelet-rich plasma injection was given to him in his foot on August 24.
After spending his entire professional career with the Chicago Cubs, the 30-year-old inked a seven-year, $182 million deal with the Colorado Rockies in March. During the 2021 season, the San Francisco Giants acquired him from the Chicago Cubs.
Bryant has played in at least 144 games in five of the eight seasons of his career due to his generally good health.
Kris Bryant has more tweets (13) than games played (12) in 2022. He earned $182M this season alone. pic.twitter.com/PW2CzPHn9g
— Statfax (@statfax) September 26, 2022
The four-time All-Star only played in 42 games this year, though. But when he was fit, he was a dangerous slasher for his team. At the plate, he hit.306/.376/.475 with five homers and 14 runs batted in. Bryant’s absence has forced the Rockies to rely on Connor Joe and Yonathan Daza in left field.
In the National League West, the Rockies had a 65-86 record, enough for fifth place. Having a healthy Bryant is crucial for Colorado if they want to make a playoff push next year.
Bryant and the Cubs settled on a salary of $10.85 million for the 2018 season, which shatters the previous record for a player in his first year of salary arbitration, set by Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. Bryant was recognized as the MLB’s third best player by Sports Illustrated in February, behind only Mike Trout and José Altuve.
Bryant hit his 100th home run on May 9 against the Miami Marlins, the quickest player in Cubs history and the 22nd overall to do it. He surpassed Ernie Banks’ record of 500 games with his 100th home run in his 487th game. Bryant went on the injured list for the first time in his Major League Baseball career on June 26 due to inflammation in his left shoulder, effective three days earlier. The irritation in Bryant’s shoulder forced him back onto the disabled list on July 26.
Bryant got off to a sluggish start this year. After opening the season with a home run against the Texas Rangers, his batting average from April 1-25 was.232, with an on-base plus slugging percentage of.730. By the middle of May, Bryant had shown considerable improvement.
In fifteen games, he belted seven home runs, including a three-run walk-off homer against the Miami Marlins on May 7. On May 18 against the Washington Nationals, Bryant hit a home run in each of the first three innings of the game. A 4-for-6 performance gave him an on-base streak of 26 games, a personal high.