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.