#Cubs Renteria says Rizzo still day to day. May get MRI if doesn't improve
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 1, 2014
In her Labor Day report, Muskat said that Rizzo may undergo the MRI, but that is not 100% certain at this time. Manager Rick Renteria said that he will give Rizzo a chance to heal on his own, but if he does not heal quickly, then the exam will become necessary. Said Renteria,
Rizzo is one of the core players in the rebuilding plans to make the Cubs a winning team within a few years. He had a down year in 2013, but he has turned it around this year to hit .278/.375/.514 with 30 HR and 71 RBI. He last played on August 26 but came out in the eighth inning with tightness in his back"He's still day to day, he's still a little stiff. If it doesn't clear up, maybe we'll get an MRI to make sure everything's OK. He's doing fine. We're just limiting him to make sure once he gets back on the field he doesn't have a setback."
With the rosters expanding on September 1, there is no more need to use the disabled list even if Rizzo must sit out for a significant time. At this point, the last-place Cubs will use more of their prospects, and Renteria's decision not to rush back his best power hitter makes perfect sense. There is no reason to risk further injury that could dampen Rizzo's offseason training and possibly his start to 2015.
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