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Kris Bryant feeling ‘a ton better,’ doesn’t anticipate trip to DL

The Chicago Cubs just might have averted disaster on an already-drama-filled day as third baseman Kris Bryant claims to be feeling “a ton better” after turning his right ankle while catching a pop-up during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Bryant could scarcely put pressure on his right leg while being helped off the field following the play, which occurred when he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag during the fifth inning.

But Bryant, who credited using an ice compressor to help limit swelling, among other treatments, expects to return to the lineup within a few days after being diagnosed with a mild to moderate sprain.

“I feel a lot better,” Bryant said Thursday, via CBS Chicago. “After the game, we did a bunch of stuff that didn’t feel good, but I guess it made me feel better today. I feel a ton better.”

When asked if he anticipates a trip to the 10-day disabled list, Bryant said, “No, I don’t think so.”

Bryant also explained his perspective on the fluky manner in which he got hurt.

“The ball started out pretty far over from the bag,” Bryant said. “So I thought I was pretty far away from it, but it was coming back toward the field. I heard Javy (Baez) say something, like ‘Watch out for the bag’ or something. Just one step, and I can’t believe that happened.”

Bryant has a history with sprained ankles and while he’s “relieved” he didn’t suffer a more serious injury, it’s clear he’s unhappy over the setback.

“It’s just one of those nagging things, where you use your feet on everything you do,” he said. “It’s a little frustrating that it happened that way.”

Bryant is batting .264 on the season with 16 home runs and 32 RBI. With the Cubs still hovering at the .500 mark at 39-39, a game back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers — not to mention navigating a World Series hangover — any extended absence by Bryant could have proved potentially devastating.