Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo must wear a boot five to seven days to immobilize a moderate-lateral right ankle sprain and then be re-evaluated, the team said Monday.
“I have every intention of doing everything I can, with the training staff, to be back on the field with the boys,” Rizzo told reporters before the Cubs played a home game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. “I think in a few days, really, will tell us a lot more.”
X-rays didn’t reveal a fracture, so surgery is not required. Rizzo, who also underwent an MRI, suffered the injury in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s victory over the Pirates. His ankle turned while charging a bunt attempt by Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams. He fell to the ground after making the play, and was replaced at first base by Ian Happ.
“On the field, he was in some pretty good pain. You knew he was coming out of the game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday. “We’ll wait and see how it plays out. There’s the potential that it’s not going to be that long.”
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289 with 26 homers and a team-best 93 RBIs. Entering Monday’s action, the Cubs were leading the Milwaukee Brewers by one game in the race for the second wild-card spot.