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Cubs' Kris Bryant out of lineup for 3rd straight game since beaning

CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last weekend.

Bryant visited with a team doctor on Thursday, and the Cubs say Bryant hasn't been diagnosed with a concussion. Manager Joe Maddon says the 2016 NL MVP might be available off the bench for Chicago's series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bryant was hit on the head by a 96 mph fastball from Colorado's German Marquez in the first inning of Chicago's 9-7 win Sunday. He stayed on his feet, but was helped off the field by a pair of trainers.

The 26-year-old Bryant is batting .319 with two homers and 11 RBI in 19 games.