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Bryant tests right ankle, available to pinch-hit

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CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant tested his right ankle prior to Friday's 5-0 loss to the Reds by doing agility drills and taking both batting practice and grounders at third base. As far as Cubs manager Joe Maddon was concerned, Bryant was ready to at least pinch-hit.

"I'm not 100 percent sure if he'll start tomorrow," Maddon said following the game.

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CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant tested his right ankle prior to Friday's 5-0 loss to the Reds by doing agility drills and taking both batting practice and grounders at third base. As far as Cubs manager Joe Maddon was concerned, Bryant was ready to at least pinch-hit.

"I'm not 100 percent sure if he'll start tomorrow," Maddon said following the game.

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Bryant sprained his right ankle when he awkwardly stepped on the third-base bag on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

"It's just sore but not painful, so that's good," Bryant said on Friday. "I felt good running around."

Bryant, who talked after doing some running in the outfield before batting practice, was encouraged.

"The running was probably the biggest concern, and it felt pretty good," Bryant said. "That's a good sign for me. Hopefully I can get in there real soon."

Bryant was hitting home runs during batting practice, which was a promising sign.

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"I wasn't too worried," Bryant said. "The initial shock was, 'Oh, I sprained my ankle.' I wasn't too worried after the game or over the first night. Just comparing it to other ones I've had, I've had a lot worse ankle sprains."

Is Bryant a quick healer?

"Yeah -- hopefully," Bryant said. "I'm still young. You heal a little quicker when you're younger."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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