Rizzo avoids ankle surgery, regular season in jeopardy
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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has a lateral right ankle sprain, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

It was determined after an MRI on Monday that the 30-year-old won't need surgery but will be in a walking boot for five-to-seven days, which puts his regular season in jeopardy with two weeks remaining.

The Cubs have not yet established a timeline for Rizzo's return. He will be re-evaluated following the immobilization period.

"I want to play as soon as possible," Rizzo said, according to Bastian. "Whether it's now or Game 1 of the World Series, I want to play as soon as possible."

Rizzo was helped off the field Sunday after rolling his ankle while attempting to field a bunt.

"Obviously, these weeks in September and October is why I play baseball," Rizzo said. "It's pressure-packed, action-packed. So, to miss any time right now, it sucks. But, it could be worse. I'm grateful it's not worse."

The three-time All-Star is having another strong season, hitting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 28 doubles, and 93 RBIs.

Chicago is also without starting shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) and closer Craig Kimbrel (elbow) because of injuries.

Rizzo avoids ankle surgery, regular season in jeopardy
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