Anthony Rizzo leaves Cubs game early with injured right ankle

CHICAGO – Cubs fans are bracing for the worst.

Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Pirates after rolling his right ankle badly.

Rizzo was attempting to field a bunt, when his foot slipped mid-stride, taking a giant divot out of the turf.

He completed the throw to first, but it was wide of the bag before keeling over to the ground. Rizzo winced in pain while the training staff attended to his injured leg.

The Cubs say Rizzo sprained his right ankle, but x-rays showed no fracture. He will have an MRI Monday to determine the severity.

The Pirates proceeded to take the lead following Rizzo’s departure, piling on four runs. Ian Happ took over at first base.

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