Anthony Rizzo leaves Triple-A game with knee injury

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Within minutes of me writing about Anthony Rizzo’s incredible Triple-A numbers yesterday the Cubs first base prospect exited that afternoon’s game with a knee injury.

Rizzo slid into a fence chasing after a foul ball and limped off the field, but before Cubs fans accuse me of being a jinx there’s good news: He’s been diagnosed with merely a bruise and is day-to-day.

That means his season line will remain a .367 batting average with 22 homers and a 1.173 OPS for a while and the Cubs will have a temporary break from questions about why he’s still in the minors.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.