Bad news for the Mariners last night as James Paxton was lifted from his start against the Angels due to a left pectoral strain.
Paxton had been pitching well, having allowed three runs and working in the seventh inning when he was seen rubbing his upper left chest before being taken out. He’ll have an MRI today and the Mariners will know more about his condition.
Paxton has been the ace for Seattle this year, picking up the slack in a rotation that has seen Felix Hernandez go down to multiple injuries. Paxton is 12-3 this year with a 2.78 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 138/33 in 119.2 innings across 20 starts. The Mariners are 59-57 and stand in a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card.
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.