Colorado Rockies place struggling Kris Bryant on IL for back pain

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies put struggling left fielder Kris Bryant on Friday’s 10-day injured list because of back pain.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, and Bryant won’t be able to return to Arizona until May 6.

Bryant, who signed a seven-year, $182 million free agent contract in March, is still looking for his first home run with the Rockies. He bats .281 with four RBIs and 12 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances.

An MRI on Friday showed no structural problems.

Manager Bud Black said Bryant has had back pain for a week in Detroit and believes it affected his early performance.

“He would never tell you that, but I think it limited him,” Black said.

The Rockies recalled Triple-A Albuquerque infielder Elehuris Montero to replace Bryant. He should arrive sometime during Friday’s game against Cincinnati.

Sam Hilliard was scheduled to start in left field Friday night.