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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Anthony Rizzo may get MRI on back

By on 9/01/2014 03:00:00 PM

With the very nice news of Jorge Soler making his Wrigley Field debut on Labor Day comes the not-so-nice news about another Chicago Cubs fan favorite, first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat of tweeted that Rizzo will sit out again Monday, and he will possibly need an MRI to determine the source and extent of his back problem. Chris Valaika is playing first base for the sixth straight game.

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,
"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."
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

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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