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Anthony Rizzo leaves game following awkward collision

Sep 11, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

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Cubs youngster Anthony Rizzo was attempting to beat out a hopper up the middle on Tuesday night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park when he made contact with the leg of Astros first baseman Brett Wallace.

Rizzo completely lost control, first jamming his knee on the first base bag and then landing hard on his head and shoulder several feet away after tumbling through the air. He stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking carefully back to the visitors dugout with trainers clutching his arms for balance.

MLB.com has video of the entire frightening scene.

The 23-year-old looked dazed and hobbled, and will presumably be sidelined for an extended period of time.

Rizzo is batting .293/.346/.464 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 69 games since his promotion to the majors.

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UPDATE, 10:14 PM ET: According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Rizzo has some soreness in his neck and right shoulder but suffered no serious injuries. He could return on Friday.

  1. hushbrother - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Hopefully this will force him to adjust his very annoying batting stance.

    • 700lb - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      What a stupid, stupid comment..

  2. kansacity88 - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Holy crap! I saw that and thought to myself, “Oh damn, he is done for the year!” Good thing he is okay! Go Cubs!

  3. greymares - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    surpised Wallace wasn’t hurt also.

    • 700lb - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      It looked like Rizzo’s spikes came pretty close to his face

  4. micker716 - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Drew, what video were you watching? The Daniel-San flying leg kick into the thigh by Wallace on an errant throw by Paredes (good thing you took your time and double-pumped, Jimmy) is Rizzo “completely losing control” and jamming his knee?

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