Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has emerged from a medical check with lukewarm news on his injured ankle. An MRI revealed a moderate lateral sprain, the team told reporters, including Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo will not require surgery, which is promising. But he’s going to spend five to seven days in a walking boot, which seems to put a good bit of doubt on his ability to return to action before the end of the regular season.

A specific timeline isn’t known at this time; no doubt, more will be evident once the boot comes off. But it’s obvious the Cubs will go without the slugging first baseman for most or all of the stretch run, with his postseason availability also in question.

Rizzo, 30, is hitting .289 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs this season. He has hit 25-plus homers in six straight seasons and is a three-time National League All-Star. Rizzo was hurt Sunday when he turned his ankle while fielding a sacrifice bunt.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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