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Anthony Rizzo to Bat Lead-Off in Shocking Return to Cubs' Lineup

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    Anthony Rizzo to Bat Lead-Off in Shocking Return to Cubs' Lineup
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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 17: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs watches the video replay screen as umpires wait for a decision on a close play at first base against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Just days after Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was writhing in pain after spraining his ankle, the team has announced he will bat lead-off and play first base on Thursday night in a shocking return to the lineup. 

    Rizzo, who has been in a walking boot and using a scooter to get around the team's clubhouse this week, was expected to be in the boot for at least five days, but his return to the lineup Thursday is a stunning development in his recovery. 

    Rizzo sprained his ankle during the Cubs' game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rizzo was injured while trying to field a bunt, and he had to be helped off the field after the injury. 

    Now, Rizzo will bat lead-off just four days after that injury. 

    Ben Zobrist, who had originally been set to lead-off, will bat fifth and play second base. Victor Caratini, originally set to play first base, will instead come off the bench for the Cubs. 

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