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Cubs Provide Troubling Injury Update After Anthony Rizzo's MRI Results

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 15: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs is helped in the dugout by trainer PJ Mainville after being injured against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at Wrigley Field on September 15, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs were dealt what could be a fatal blow to their postseason chances after first baseman Anthony Rizzo went down in pain with what was later discovered to be a nasty ankle injury.

The MRI results confirmed that Rizzo sprained his right ankle and will be in a walking boot for a week. There's currently no timetable for his return.

Rizzo was hitting .289 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI while sporting an OPS+ of 135 this year, his best mark since 2016.

It goes without saying that this could be a death knell for a Cubs team still chasing both a division title and a wild card berth at the same time. No one they stick over at first will be able to replace Rizzo as it pertains to his versatility in the lineup, his excellent defense, and his leadership in the locker room.

If the Cubs are to somehow able to pull off a miracle comeback and make it to the playoffs, then maybe Rizzo could return and provide that pop they need in the middle of the order.