Running out an infield single is apparently an increasingly dangerous pastime, especially if you play for a bad team in the NL Central.
Just two weeks after Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros took flight during a bizarre play at first base, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs collided with Houston first baseman Brett Wallace and suffered an unlikely injury of his own.
The play began routinely, with Rizzo chopping a ball to Astros second baseman Jimmy Paredes, who scooped it cleanly. But his throw was just too high for Wallace to grab. As Wallace reached for the errant toss, his foot caught Rizzo on the thigh. Cue the flying rookie.
The good news for the Cubs was that Rizzo was safe. The bad news? He left the game after his hard fall. Luckily, there didn't seem to be much concern about a long-term injury, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.
With both team's way, way, way back in the standings, don't be surprised if Astros and Cubs batters take a more cautious approach to first base as they play out the string.