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.

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