He was correct. Bryant was in the Cubs' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies, batting second as usual. Since going 0-for-14 in the first three games of the season, he was slashing .333/.435/.633 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored in his last 23 games.
Bryant received his National League Most Valuable Player Award in an on-field ceremony before the game. Cubs great Ryne Sandberg presented the trophy.
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.