Jorge De La Rosa likely to open season on disabled list

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Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been bothered by groin discomfort for much of spring training and he was officially diagnosed with a left groin strain after leaving his Cactus League debut last Friday.

Now the Rockies are acknowledging the inevitable.

“Other than playing catch right now, he’s pretty much shut down,” manager Walt Weiss old the Denver Post on Tuesday before admitting that it’s “starting to look” like De La Rosa will have to be placed on the 15-day disabled list when the team breaks camp.

De La Rosa had been penciled in for the Rockies’ home opener, but that no longer seems realistic.

Kyle Kendrick will start for the Rockies on Opening Day in Milwaukee.

Anthony Rizzo to wear walking boot for five to seven days

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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.