In a most relieved news for the Cubs competing in the playoffs, the star base player Anthony Rizzo is already returning from an injury that looked like it would prematurely end his regular season. Rizzo's leadership for the Cubs on Thursday in their crucial matchup against the Cardinals of the NL Central, Chicago announced. The Cubs also activated Shortstop Addison Russell from the list of 7-day concussion injuries since Jordan Bastian of MLB.com was among the to-be-reported.
Rizzo, who has not played since September 15, is back from an ankle sprain that initially limited him to a running boot. The fact that he'll be back soon is a huge blessing for the Cubs, who will be half a game behind the Brewers for the Wild Card if Milwaukee clings to the late gameplay he's facing the Padres at the moment. 1
9659002] The overtaking of the Brew Crew (or the Cardinals who lead the Cubs for three games) would have been even more difficult without the successful Rizzo, who launched another impressive campaign in 2019. The 30-year-old has suffered a cut .289 / .404 / .516 with 26 home runs in 592 record appearances. The boys used Catcher Willson Contreras
and Victor Caratini
on the first base during Rizzo's absence, but now they are fully back as the regular season nears an end  Russell has Since September 8, no longer played, and injury to him and outstanding shortstop Javier Baez
prompted the Cubs to promote high-end prospect Nico Hoerner
by the minors. The 22-year-old horn has more than asserted himself since his debut, and he – not Russell – is running out on Thursday. 25-year-old Russell was still in a below-average season prior to his IL placement, and his term as Cubs could narrow between this and his off-field issues.