HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs is helped off the field by the training staff after tripping over first baseman Brett Wallace #29 of the Houston Astros in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on September 11, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
"I think tomorrow, he'll probably wake up pretty darn stiff," [Dale] Sveum said. "I think it'll just be a day-to-day thing."
The collision occurred when Rizzo hit a routine ground ball to second baseman Jimmy Paredes whose high throw sent Wallace into the path of the hustling rookie. The 23-year-old Rizzo took a pretty spectacular fall upon colliding with Wallace, losing his helmet and remaining on the ground in visible pain for several minutes before walking off the field with help from Cubs staff.
Rizzo said the shoulder has some residual soreness but the team believes the injury is not anything serious. The young lefty has played very well since his call-up in late June, hitting .295/.349/.467 with twelve home runs in sixty-eight games.