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Danny Farquhar returns to the mound for the first time since brain hemorrhage

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To say that right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar has been through the ringer would be a severe understatement. The former White Sox righty saw his 2018 campaign come to an abrupt end after he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm last April, causing him to vomit and collapse in the dugout just moments after making an appearance for the team.

Following the incident, Farquhar was hospitalized for approximately two weeks before his release. He was eventually cleared to deliver a ceremonial first pitch for the White Sox later that summer, but did not return for another formal relief appearance over the course of the season. After electing free agency in October, he picked up a minor league deal with the Yankees that included an invitation to spring training.

On Saturday, Farquhar was the first man out of the bullpen during the Yankees’ away game against the Pirates, marking his first official pitching appearance in nearly a full year. It wasn’t an unqualified success — the 32-year-old lasted just 1/3 of an inning and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks — but that didn’t faze the reliever or his teammates.

“Obviously, the results weren’t great, but I’d call it a good day,” he told reporters. “I’ve never been high-fived so much giving up five runs in my career.”

For now, the most important thing is making sure Farquhar is healthy and remains in stable enough condition to return to a full-time role with the team. Hopefully, the results will come later.

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.