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J.A. Happ sent home after contracting hand, foot, and mouth disease

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Recently-acquired starter J.A. Happ was sent home by the Yankees on Tuesday after it was revealed he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. That puts into question his upcoming scheduled start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday. The Yankees enter Tuesday trailing the Red Sox by six games in the AL East.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. You may recall that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had to be placed on the 10-day disabled list recently after picking it up, apparently at a youth camp he attended during the All-Star break.

Happ, 35, impressed in his Yankees debut, holding the Royals to a lone run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six innings. On the season, Happ owns a 4.05 ERA with 132 strikeouts and 36 walks in 120 innings.

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.