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Brett Anderson exits start with apparent neck injury

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Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson exited Monday night’s start against the Indians in the sixth inning with an apparent neck injury, The Athletic’s Julian McWilliams reports. Anderson had ducked to avoid a wayward bat in the previous inning.

Anderson limited the Indians to a run on four hits with no walks and one strikeout across 5 1/3 innings. The oft-injured lefty now holds a 4.14 ERA and a 28/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings on the year.

Anderson rejoined Oakland in February, signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The A’s should provide an update on Anderson’s status later tonight.

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.