What's Buzzing:

Big League Stew

Anthony Rizzo escapes major injury after scary collision (Video)

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

For reasons I shouldn't have to explain, not a lot of attention or interest was directed toward the National League Central "battle" between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros on Tuesday night. But that changed for a few scary moments in the third inning when Cubs' rookie Anthony Rizzo was involved in a very scary collision with Houston's first baseman Brett Wallace.

The collision happened after Rizzo hit a routine ground ball to second base. Houston's Jimmy Paredes would field the ball cleanly on the backhand, and then made a very high throw to first base that ended up sailing over Wallace's head despite his best attempt at a jump. Unfortunately, as Wallace was coming down from his leap, Rizzo was just arriving at the base and the two came together in a very awkward manner.

Here's a look at the collision from two different angles:

Initially there was concern Rizzo may have caught a kick or knee to the head. Thankfully that was not the case, but he still clearly got the worst of the collision as his momentum carried him quite a ways past the base, resulting in a very hard, painful landing on his back.

Rizzo would remain on the ground for several moments after his fall but eventually walked off the field with little assistance. That was the first encouraging sign. Later, Comcast Sports Net Chicago's Patrick Mooney would report on Twitter that Rizzo escaped with only soreness in his right shoulder and upper back, so I think that qualifies as a best-case scenario for all involved considering how nasty it looked upon first glance. Wallace was able to stay in the game and complete it.

As far as the rest of the contest? Well, predictably, it wasn't any prettier than the collision. The two sides would combine to commit six errors — including the one charged to Paredes on his awful throw — yet combined to score only one run. That came on a Justin Maxwell's sacrifice fly, giving the Astros a 1-0 victory.

Looking for more baseball chatter?
Follow @bigleaguestew, @Townie813 and check out the BLS Facebook Page

View Comments (148)
  • New Povetkin doping test negative, promoter says

    New Povetkin doping test negative, promoter says

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - A repeat drug test of Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, who is the official challenger for the World Boxing Council (WBC) title, has returned a negative finding, the boxer's promoter said on Tuesday. … More »

    Reuters - 2 minutes 34 seconds ago
  • Rosicky included in Czech Euro squad

    Rosicky included in Czech Euro squad

    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has had an injury-plagued season, was included when Czech Republic announced their 23-man squad on Tuesday for next month's European Championship in France. Rosicky is joined in the group by Arsenal … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 47 seconds ago
  • Rick MacLeish, Flyers star of 1970s title teams, dies at 66

    Rick MacLeish, Flyers star of 1970s title teams, dies at 66

    Rick MacLeish, who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, has died. The Flyers' Alumni Association said recently that MacLeish was battling an illness. MacLeish was the … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Life is a Dream: Atlanta up to No. 3 in AP WNBA power poll

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Angel McCoughtry has a one-word explanation of why her team has been successful in the early part of the season - positivity. … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • U.S. warns of possible Europe attacks, no specific threat

    U.S. warns of possible Europe attacks, no specific threat

    The United States warned its citizens on Tuesday of possible summer terrorist attacks in Europe, saying targets could include the European soccer championship in France, although a U.S. official said there was no specific threat information. … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago