He's gone. Well, sort of.
Longtime Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, 77, worked his final game Sunday, closing out a colorful TV career after three-plus decades in the booth. The White Sox paid tribute to Harrelson with a pregame video featuring a group of fans ticking off his long list of notable sayings and expressing their gratitude for his contributions to their favorite baseball team.
Asked what he will miss the most, Harrelson responded: "The friendships. That's what life's about to me, family and memories."
Harrelson, who also played in the majors for nine seasons with four teams and served as Chicago's general manager for a short time, will be a team ambassador for the 2019 season. He isn't sure about his future plans beyond that job.
Cubs' Bryant out
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the starting lineup because of fatigue in his left shoulder.
The 26-year-old was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation. He missed time earlier in the season with the same issue.
Manager Joe Maddon says Bryant's shoulder is "a little bit fatigued, not hurting, just fatigued." Maddon says he wants to be proactive with the 2016 NL MVP.
Bryant went 1-for-5 in Chicago's 8-3 victory over the crosstown White Sox on Saturday night. He is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBI in a career-low 96 games this year.
David Bote started at third Sunday against the White Sox.
Cubs reliever optimistic
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop remains optimistic he could rejoin the team before the end of the regular season.
“I feel a lot better,” Strop said before running to the field to play catch Sunday morning. “I’ll just keep doing the rehab and do whatever they ask me to do.”
Strop has continued throwing despite suffering a left hamstring injury Sept. 13, and even Maddon admitted that Strop is “a lot better than we thought to this point.”
That’s an encouraging sign considering Strop was declared out for the rest of the season an hour after suffering the injury while running to first base against the Nationals.
“It’s one of those things that you listen to the guy,” Maddon said. “He’ll let us know.”
Maddon admitted that Strop is “surprising himself.”
“He’s not feeling anything negative after he throws or moves or jogs,” Maddon said. “He’s progressing very well.”