Bryant OK after exiting with tight calf

Bryant OK after exiting with tight calf

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant left the Cubs' 8-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night after the eighth inning with a tight calf, but said he's fine and expects no lingering issue.

When asked if he expects to play on Wednesday night in the third game of the four-game series, he said, "Yeah, 100

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.