Some bad news for the Giants, who stand three games back of the Dodgers in the NL West …
Brandon Crawford is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs after leaving Tuesday’s game with tightness in his left oblique.
It’s believed to be a minor tweak — not a full-blown oblique strain — and Crawford is hopeful that he’ll feel well enough to return in a couple of days.
San Francisco has not been able to capitalize on the Dodgers’ recent rut, and losing Crawford for any period of time is a tough blow. There’s no room in the Wild Card race for a team outside the NL Central.
Crawford is having a breakout season at age 28, with an .806 OPS (123 OPS+), 19 home runs, and 75 RBI in 121 games. And he has continued to play upper-tier defense at shortstop.
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.