After Shin-Soo Choo doubled to lead off the bottom of the 13th in this afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart attempted to sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to third with one out. Steve Cishek’s sinker, which runs in on right-handed hitters, nailed Cozart on his finger. The 27-year-old was clearly in a lot of pain and had to be removed from the game. Cesar Izturis replaced him and eventually moved Choo to third base on a fly ball to center field.
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that x-rays turned up negative for Cozart, which should allow the Reds to exhale in relief. Though Cozart entered the game hitting .246 and lowered it with an 0-for-6 effort today, he had logged multi-hit games in three of his previous four games and was playing well defensively.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.