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

Manager Joe Maddon said the 2016 NL MVP might be available off the bench for Chicago’s series opener against Milwaukee.

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.

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

Penalties reduced

Tyler Austin’s suspension was cut from five games to four by John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. The New York first baseman will start serving the penalty on Friday when the Yankees open a series at the Los Angeles Angels.

Austin was disciplined for his role in a brawl with AL East rival Boston on April 11 at Fenway Park. Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly threw at Austin twice in the seventh inning of that night’s game, missing with the first attempt but hitting Austin on the side with the second. Austin charged the mound.

New York has won six straight, and Austin is batting .350 with three homers and nine RBI in his last five games, raising his average to .290.

Kelly’s appeal of a six-game suspension was denied Thursday by McHale. Kelly has a 3.09 ERA in 11 games this season. He is eligible to return Wednesday against Kansas City.

Kang granted visa

Jung Ho Kang is back in the United States and on his way to rejoining the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The club announced Thursday that the South Korean third baseman has been granted a work visa by the U.S. government and will report to the team’s training complex in Bradenton, Fla.

The 31-year-old Kang last played for the Pirates in 2016. He was arrested in South Korea on DUI charges in December 2016 and received an eight-month suspended prison sentence that led to visa issues.

Pittsburgh, which signed Kang to an $11 million, four-year contract in January 2015, placed Kang on the restricted list last March after Kang failed to secure a visa.

Reds activate infielder

The Reds activated third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the 10-day disabled list and promoted infielder-outfielder Rosell Herrera from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday’s game against the Braves.

The Reds placed Suarez on the disabled list April 9 after he was hit by a pitch and broke his right thumb in Pittsburgh on April 8. He played two games for the Bats on a rehab assignment.

A’s option pitchers

The Oakland Athletics have optioned opening day starter Kendall Graveman and fellow right-hander Chris Bassitt to Triple-A Nashville.

The A’s also announced Thursday that right-hander Wilmer Font will be added to the 25-man roster a day after being acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers.