The Nationals’ bullpen crisis continues apace: today they placed Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement.
Herrera suffered the injury in a ninth-inning appearance last night against the Braves and is probably looking at much longer than 10 days on the shelf. Ryan Madson figures to handle the majority of save chances for the Nationals going forward, as Sean Doolittle is still rehabbing a foot injury. Greg Holland was just signed, but it’s unclear what level of leverage work he’ll see. And, as we’ve noted several times recently, Brandon Kintzer and Shawn Kelley were recently shipped out because of perceived character and attitude reasons. So that’s nice.
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.