An MRI on Kris Bryant’s injured right ankle revealed a Grade 2 sprain, sources have told Cubs Insider. This is similar to the sprain that had Anthony Rizzo in a boot recently. The Cubs will provide more official word later Tuesday, but it’s likely Bryant will be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Agent Scott Boras ripped MLB Monday, claiming that the league’s failure to properly account for player safety is to blame for Bryant’s injury and a similar incident in 2017 involving Bryce Harper. Among Boras’s gripes were MLB’s decision to continue using harder bases — which could also contribute to injuries like Javy Báez’s fractured thumb — and the lack of diligence with wiping moisture from the bags during inclement weather.
Bryant’s sprain is just the latest in a series of injuries and disappointments that have befallen the Cubs in what feels like a snakebit season. Let’s just hope it’s the last as they trudge toward the finish line.