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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mild to moderate ankle sprain for Kris Bryant. Cubs unsure about a DL stint.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 8-4 to the Nationals on Wednesday and perhaps lost MVP Kris Bryant to an ankle injury as well. Bryant stepped awkwardly on third base after catching a pop up and limped off the field while putting little weight on his right foot. The team did not provide an update during the game. Meanwhile, John Lackey gave up 3 HR's to take over the ML lead in that category as he gave up nine hits and eight runs overall. Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 giving up a Willson Contreras 2 run home run but not much else. The Cubs are .500 again at 39-39.

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Bryant rolls ankle and leaves game (0:24)
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Rendon, Wieters hit back-to-back HRs in 2nd (0:39)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game, with the help of trainers, limping badly after stepping on third base awkwardly after catching a pop up. It appeared he twisted his right ankle after coming down on the side of the bag.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After giving up back to back home runs to the Nationals in the second inning, John Lackey moved into a tie for most HR's given up in baseball this year. No.'s 22 and 23 came from Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters.

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Fair to punish Montero for being honest? (1:19)
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Arrieta: 'Not upset or mad' at Montero (1:36)
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Montero 'caught in moment' when criticizing Arrieta (1:11)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said a deciding factor in designating Miguel Montero for assignment was the youth in the clubhouse. He didn't think it set a good example to other players despite Jake Arrieta's insistence that he and Montero were ok.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the situation with Miguel Montero.

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Rodon returns from the DL

The White Sox reinstated LHP Carlos Rodon (biceps) from the 60-day disabled list, optioning RHP Juan Minaya to Triple-A Charlotte to make room. Chicago also transferred RHP Zach Putnam (elbow) to the 60-day DL after he underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

Stats & Info

Wade's future up in the air

Will Dwyane Wade push for the Bulls to buy out his contract after the team traded Jimmy Butler? His down season statistically figures to play a factor in his decision.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Sad news about former Mets, Cubs and Astros pitcher Anthony Young passing away at 51. He's remembered for losing a record 27 consecutive decisions -- let's see that get broken -- but was a better pitcher than his W-L record indicates. His career adjusted ERA was 100 -- exactly league average.

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Stats & Info

Numbers don't lie with Miguel Montero

Montero blamed Jake Arrieta for the seven stolen bases the Cubs allowed Tuesday, but catching runners has been a problem for the catcher all season regardless of pitcher. The Cubs are expected to designate Montero for assignment on Wednesday.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).