Twins DH Nelson Cruz will undergo an MRI exam on his injured left wrist on Monday.
Cruz hurt his wrist on a swing and a miss yesterday, though he said after yesterday’s game that he has been dealing with some nagging soreness. That may be a good sign, actually, as a sudden hurt wrist on a swing and a miss is often stuff like a hamate bone or a ligament tear or something. This could be anything but the fact that it wasn’t a sudden thing might be good. OK, I’ll stop pretending to be a doctor now.
Cruz, who signed a one-year, $14.3 million deal with Minnesota before the 2019 season, has been a nice addition to a suddenly power-packed Twins lineup, hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven homers and 22 driven in in 35 games. His presence will be missed if he has to hit the injured list.
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.