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Blue Jays acquire Edwin Jackson from Athletics

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The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson from the Athletics for cash considerations, per an official statement on Saturday. The team’s immediate plans for Jackson have not yet been announced, though manager Charlie Montoyo reportedly has the righty penciled in for a start against the Giants next week.

Jackson, 35, signed a minors deal with the Athletics in mid-April and logged just three starts for the club’s minor-league affiliates prior to Saturday’s trade. He has yet to make his MLB season debut in 2019, but performed well for the A’s with a 6-3 record in 17 starts and a 3.33 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, and 6.7 SO/9 across 92 innings last year.

Should he crack the active roster in Toronto, as seems likely given the recent vacancy left by an ailing Clay Buchholz, he’ll have played for a league-record 14 MLB teams. He tied the existing record in 2018 after suiting up for Oakland on June 25.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, could use the extra rotation support with Buchholz (right shoulder inflammation), Ryan Borucki (left elbow soreness), Clayton Richard (knee injury), and Matt Shoemaker (season-ending ACL surgery) on the injured list. Per FanGraphs, their rotation currently ranks 19th in the majors with a collective 4.30 ERA, 4.37 FIP, and 2.2 fWAR this season.

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.