Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

With ankle better, Bryant back in Cubs' lineup

MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant was back in the Cubs' lineup on Saturday after missing two games because of a sprained right ankle.

Bryant was injured when he awkwardly stepped on the third-base bag Wednesday night at Nationals Park after catching a popup. He missed Thursday's game, and then tested his right ankle prior to Friday's game by doing agility drills, taking batting practice and taking some grounders at third base.

View Full Game Coverage

CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant was back in the Cubs' lineup on Saturday after missing two games because of a sprained right ankle.

Bryant was injured when he awkwardly stepped on the third-base bag Wednesday night at Nationals Park after catching a popup. He missed Thursday's game, and then tested his right ankle prior to Friday's game by doing agility drills, taking batting practice and taking some grounders at third base.

View Full Game Coverage

After Friday's game, a 5-0 loss to the Reds, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Bryant had been available to pinch-hit, but he opted not to use him.

"I wasn't too worried," Bryant said Friday about his ankle. "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."

The reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, Bryant has a .325 average against the Reds, hitting 12 home runs with 37 RBIs, and he has a .300 career mark at Great American Ball Park.

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.

Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant