#Cubs Bryant day to day re: ankle

An MRI confirmed Kris Bryant has a mild right ankle sprain, and he was not in Friday’s lineup. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman might be available later in the game.

Bryant had to leave Thursday’s game after four innings when he rolled his ankle while running the bases. He was to receive treatment during the Cubs’ game against the Braves.

“If [athletic trainer PJ Mainville] thinks [Bryant] can help us in the latter part, he’ll let us know,” Maddon said. “We’ll know game in progress whether or not he’s able to hit late if we need that.”

The Cubs’ biggest concern is that Bryant doesn’t aggravate his ankle and the injury becomes worse.

“I think if we just rest him a little bit right now and aren’t really abusing it right now, it should go away relatively fast,” Maddon said. “The thing with sprained ankles is to not re-jam it somehow. That’s the problem with an ankle. He could be feeling fine after a week or two weeks, and then you hit it wrong and feel it.”

— Carrie Muskat

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