UPDATE: Kris Bryant‘s injury is not so serious after all: it’s a sprained pinky finger. X-rays are negative. The Cubs say he’s day-to-day.
12:26PM: Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has left the Cubs-Braves game in the first inning with an apparent injury to his left ring finger.
The injury occurred as he slid head first into third base on an attempted steal, making the final out. It appeared as though his finger bent back awkwardly. He was in visible pain. Tommy La Stella replaced him to begin the bottom half of the inning.
We’ll obviously update you when information on his condition is released.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.