Rizzo makes surprising return to Cubs' lineup 4 days after ankle injury
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Anthony Rizzo is in the lineup for the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, playing first base and leading off against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rizzo was diagnosed with a lateral right ankle sprain Monday after injuring himself the day prior and was supposed to be in a walking boot for five-to-seven days.

The 30-year-old decided Thursday he wanted to play and received clearance from the team, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo had a cortisone shot Monday and will have his ankle tightly wrapped, Sullivan adds.

The three-time All-Star has been one of Chicago's best players this season, hitting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs.

The Cubs also announced shortstop Addison Russell has been activated from the seven-day concussion list, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

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