Video: Anthony Rizzo hits 200th career home run

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo slugged his 200th career home run, a two-run dinger in the first inning off of Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara. Ben Zobrist had led the game off with a single and Kris Bryant struck out prior to Rizzo’s at-bat.

Rizzo, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .241/.369/.526 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 141 plate appearances on the season. Along with 200 career round-trippers, he has 662 career RBI in 1,093 games spanning a nine-year career.

Rizzo is the 346th member of the 200-homer club. 91 of those 346 players, including Rizzo, were able to go yard at least 200 times by the end of their age-29 season.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.