Kris Bryant expects to avoid disabled list

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain after stepping awkwardly on the bag last night while chasing a foul ball. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field and, as a result, the Cubs faithful got a decent scare.

Bryant seems to be much better today, however, as he tells Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago,com that he’s optimistic his sprained ankle will not force him onto disabled list. He also said this afternoon that he feels “a ton” better already.

Bryant will sit out today’s game against the Nats, but he’ll likely be back in the lineup by this weekend.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.