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Video: Anthony Rizzo escapes serious injury after awkward collision

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The Cubs got a serious scare Tuesday night in an otherwise meaningless game against the Astros. Promising first baseman Anthony Rizzo awkwardly -- and slightly -- collided with Astros first baseman Brett Wallace on a play at first base.

Here it is:

Fortunately, the Associated Press is reporting that, while the Cubs will monitor Rizzo the next few days, "they believe he will be OK."

The AP does report that Rizzo has a sore right shoulder and upper back, but he appears to have dodged a bullet in terms of a serious injury. Upon initially viewing the play, I thought maybe his knee was at risk as well from that uncontrollable plant on the base.

Rizzo, 23, is hitting .293/.346/.464 with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 286 plate appearances in this his rookie season. As the Cubs eye the future, he's a significant part of the nucleus.

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