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Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo will be in a boot for 5-7 days, return timeline to be determined after that

Anthony Rizzo

An MRI has revealed that Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered a lateral ankle sprain during his team’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Rizzo will not need surgery and will wear a boot for five-to-seven days before being reevaluated. His timeline will be determined then.

Rizzo said he hopes to play again during the regular season, but his ankle is not feeling too good, per Bruce Miles of The Daily Herald.

The fact that Rizzo does not need surgery is good news, but him being out for an extended period of time is obviously devastating for a Cubs team that is not only chasing a Wild Card berth, but also a National League Central title.

Chicago currently sits at 81-68 and is two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the division. It is also just one game ahead of the surging Milwaukee Brewers for the second Wild Card spot.

Rizzo has slashed .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI over 592 plate appearances this season.

The 30-year-old was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but never actually played in a major league game with the Red Sox before being traded to the San Diego Padres for Adrian Gonzalez in December 2010.

Rizzo made his big-league debut with the Padres in 2011, slashing .141/.281/.242 with one homer and nine RBI across 153 trips to the dish. He was then traded to the Cubs in a deal that sent Andrew Cashner to San Diego in January 2012.

Since joining Chicago, Rizzo has developed into a star. From 2014 through 2016, he made three straight All-Star teams.

Anthony Rizzo owns a lifetime slash line of .272/.373/.488 with 217 long balls.