Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo may be done for season; Cubs win 7-1
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter September 2, 2014 8:18PM
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Updated: September 2, 2014 11:04PM
The Cubs could be without both of their All-Stars for the rest of the season after shortstop Starlin Castro left Tuesday night’s game in the first inning with a left ankle sprain.
Initial tests appeared to rule out a fracture, but Castro was scheduled to undergo an MRI and more detailed x-rays at a nearby hospital Tuesday night to determine the severity of the injury.
The three-time All-Star was injured when his spikes caught in the dirt as he slid into the plate during a 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers – causing his leg to bend awkwardly underneath him.
He left the field under his own power, limping, and manager Rick Renteria said he lobbied to stay in the game.
The Cubs, who already are without the services of first baseman Anthony Rizzo because of a back injury, are expected to take a cautious approach with Castro because of the often-lingering nature of such injuries, which could quickly wipe out the final 3 ½ weeks of his season.
Rizzo, who has missed the last week, was diagnosed with a lower-back strain after an MRI on Tuesday and ordered to abstain from baseball activities for the next 10 days, putting the rest of his season in doubt, too.
“If I am shut down, I’m shut down,” said Rizzo, who hit his 30th homer in his last game. “My main concern is being full strength in the offseason and getting ready for next year.”
The Cubs do not consider the injury a long-term concern.
“Obviously, I want to come back and play,” Rizzo said. “But it’s something where we all decided we’re not going to go crazy and rush to get back and have it re-occur over and over. We want this to be the first and last time it ever happens.”
The Cubs have slotted their six-man rotation to go at least twice through before adjustments, starting with Jacob Turner’s win Monday and continuing with Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront and Travis Wood.
◆— Edwin Jackson (latissimus dorsi) could get one more start down the stretch depending on his progress. Northwestern product Eric Jokisch (one of Tuesday’s September call-ups) may also be considered.
◆— Other call-ups Tuesday: outfielder Junior Lake, catcher Rafael Lopez and pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, Brian Schlitter, Dan Straily and Zac Rosscup.
◆— Third baseman Mike Olt could join the September call-ups in the next few days.