Anthony Rizzo helped off field after spraining ankle

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Pirates. Rizzo rolled his right ankle attempting to field a bunt from pitcher Trevor Williams while also trying to avoid colliding with teammate José Quintana.

Rizzo drew two walks and scored a run before Ian Happ replaced him at first base.

The Cubs announced that Rizzo has a sprained right ankle. X-rays showed no fracture, which is good news. Rizzo will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

The 30-year-old Rizzo is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances this season. The Cubs entered Sunday’s action leading the second NL Wild Card by one game over the Brewers. Losing Rizzo for any amount of time would severely impact the Wild Card race for all involved.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.