Last Thursday’s MRI results revealed that Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant’s ankle sprain would keep him out of service for a full weekend; however, he returned to the field for Sunday morning’s game against the Braves.
Bryant rolled his ankle while rounding second base on Thursday and was forced to sit out on Friday’s victory over the Braves. Due to Saturday’s rainout, Bryant was able to get in another day of rest.
“I had a really bad angle going into second, so I tried to make up for it and cut a corner a little too tight,” the third baseman said. “The ankle went the other way… I’ve dealt with a lot worse.”
Manager Joe Maddon expected Bryant to get back into the game on Monday, but Sunday morning’s warmups showed that the player was feeling well enough to jump back in early. “The training staff said, ‘He’s fine. Go for it. Don’t worry about it,'” Maddon said.
Reports estimate that as many as 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain every day. It is an incredibly common injury, especially among professional athletes.
Bryant has suffered from ankle problems in the past and usually tapes his ankles before every game. Because he had been feeling so well recently, he had actually stopped taping his ankles, which is what caused last week’s injury.
Bryant says he will go back to taping his ankles in order to prevent further harm.
“The [risk] with sprained ankles is to re-jam it somehow,” said Maddon. “That’s the problem with the ankle. You could be feeling fine after even a week or two weeks and you just hit it wrong and you feel it.”