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Anthony Rizzo has a 'moderate' ankle sprain

The Cubs first baseman avoided the worst-case scenario, but he’s still going to miss some time.

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The results of the MRI on the injured ankle of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came in and the results are a mixed bag for Cubs fans:

With only two weeks left to go in the regular season, it seems pretty unlikely that Rizzo will return before the end of the season. But this diagnosis does hold out hope that should the Cubs make a run in the playoffs, Rizzo could return sometime in the postseason, even if the team shouldn’t count on it.

From the look of the injury on Sunday, it would not have been a surprise if Rizzo was ruled out until Spring Training. In the light of that, this is good news. But it’s certainly not good new that the Cubs will be without Anthony Rizzo for the final 13 games of the season as they try to nail down their fifth-straight playoff berth.

Rizzo was hitting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI over 140 games. This injury means that Rizzo’s streak of 100 RBI seasons will end at four.