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.
Ed Farmer, who pitched 11 years in the big leagues and then went on to much greater fame as a radio voice for the Chicago White Sox has died. He was 70.
Farmer, who had a history of kidney disease, had been in poor health which caused him to miss the end of the 2019 season. He was also was on a slower ramp-up to the 2020 season. His cause of death was not immediately reported.
Farmer, a Chicago native, was the 5th round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1967 draft and made his debut with them in 1971. From there he would go to Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Texas before joining his hometown White Sox in 1979. After three seasons with the Sox he’d go back to Philly and then close out his career in Oakland in 1983. He pitched in 370 games in all, with all but 21 of them coming from the pen. He posted an ERA of 4.30. His best season came in 1979, which he split between the Rangers and Sox, posting a 2.99 ERA in 53 games, tossing 114.1 innings. He saved 30 for the Sox in 1980.
Farmer was better known as the radio voice for the White Sox, a role he first assumed in 1990. In 1991 he served as a special assistant to Sox general manager Ron Schueler, but was back in the booth for good in 1992. 2020 was set to be his 29th calling Sox games. In 2004 he and broadcast partner John Rooney were named the best radio team in the American League by USA Today.