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Anthony Rizzo is, somehow, playing tonight

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UPDATE: Rizzo hit a dang home run in the third inning:

Have a night, Willis Reed.

7:09 PM: On Sunday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered a lateral sprain of his right ankle while trying to field a bunt. While the team didn’t place him on the injured list because of expanded September rosters, they did say that Rizzo would have to wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated. The odds of him returning any time soon seemed pretty slim.

Welp, sometimes slim odds play out because Rizzo is in tonight’s lineup, batting leadoff and playing first base against the Cardinals. The announcement came after Rizzo was seen testing his ankle on the field in pregame warmups, running little stutter-steps and zigzags that, apparently, went well.

The move underscores how critical every game is for the Cubs right now. They trail the Cards by three and are deadlocked with the Brewers for the second Wild Card. Rizzo, who is hitting 289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year, is obviously important to their chances of playing October baseball.

Probably worth tuning into tonight’s Cards-Cubs game to see how that ankle holds up.

UPDATE: Ya think Cubs fans are psyched about Rizzo playing?

And here he is:

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.