Scott Boras blames MLB for Kris Bryant injury: 'They’ve done nothing' to protect players

On Sunday, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had to be helped off the field after slipping off first base while running out a play against the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was diagnosed with an ankle sprain, with MRI results expected Tuesday to reveal the full extent of the injury.

On Monday, his agent Scott Boras blasted MLB for what he perceives as inaction over addressing the issue of wet bags as safety hazards for players.

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Sep 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) falls to the ground after suffering an apparent injury while stepping on first base as he was forced out for a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals to end the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) tries to get up after falling to the ground after suffering an apparent injury while stepping on first base as he was forced out for a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals to end the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) is tended to by medical staff after suffering an apparent injury while stepping on first base as he was forced out for a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals to end the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) is tended to by medical staff after suffering a right ankle sprain while slipping on first base as he was forced out for a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals to end the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) is helped off the field by teammate Anthony Rizzo (44) and a trainer after getting hurt sliding into first base while teammate Jason Heyward left, looks on during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) leaves the game after an injury at first during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The Cubs lost their last home game of the season 3-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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Boras: MLB has ‘dropped the ball’

Bryant is the second former league MVP client of his to injure himself on a wet base after Bryce Harper suffered a hyperextended knee in 2017 when he slipped.

“What have they done since Harper?” Boras said Monday, per the Chicago Sun Times. “The answer is nothing. They’re focused on other factors, economic factors, all things relating to how they can administer the game, and yet the safety of players and resolution of this issue has gone without any attention.

“The integrity of our game is going to damaged when the safety of players is not at the forefront, and Major League Baseball has dropped the ball on the wet bag subject.”

Boras called for MLB to seek safer bag options during wet conditions after Harper’s 2017 injury.

Bryant rolled his ankle after his right foot slipped off the bag during Sunday’s game.

MLB responds

An MLB spokesman told the Sun Times Monday that safer options aren’t available.

“To date no one has come up with a bag that has proven to be better safety-wise than the bag we use now,” the spokesman said.

Boras: ‘They’ve done nothing’

Boras argued that MLB was guilty of inaction on the issues.

“The issue for me is they’ve done nothing,” Boras said. “They have completely skirted this issue. They had an MVP player having an MVP season dramatically get hurt and miss time. It affects playoff races and the entire safety of players, and the integrity of the game. When they are very diligent to get umpires and teams to play during rain, during precipitation, trying to get the games played.

“There’s been no discussion, no resolution, absolutely nothing done in this area except the player is to bear the burden of slippery and wet bags.”

The Cubs have lost six straight games and fallen four games behind in the NL wild-card race. They’ll be without one of their best players as they seek a long-shot chance to make up ground in the final week of the season.

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