Results tagged ‘ Anthony Rizzo ’

9/10 Rizzo walk-a-thon Nov. 16

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will host his third walk-off for cancer on Nov. 16 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, FL. Registration is $30, which includes a t-shirt and gift bag. You can walk individually or register as a team for the 5K walk around the park. For more information, send an email to info@rizzo44.com, or visit http://www.Rizzo44.com. The walk has raised more than $100,000 two years in a row.

9/2 Rizzo update

Anthony Rizzo has a low back strain, and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Cubs are not saying Rizzo is shutdown for the rest of the season, however, Rizzo was prepared if he doesn’t play again.

“If I’m shut down, I’m shut down,” he said. “My main concern is coming back healthy next year.”

Rizzo felt the tightness in his lower back last Tuesday during the Cubs rain delay in Cincinnati. He underwent an MRI Tuesday.

“I’m happy the MRI showed something so I’m not going crazy,” Rizzo said.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Rizzo update

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start for a sixth consecutive day because of lower back tightness and may undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the problem. Rizzo came out of last Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati after his back tightened during a 50-minute rain delay. He has not started any of the Cubs’ next seven games, including either game of a doubleheader Saturday in St. Louis.

“He’s still day to day, he’s still a little stiff,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday. “If it doesn’t clear up, maybe we’ll get an MRI to make sure everything’s OK.

“He’s doing fine,” Renteria said. “We’re just limiting him to make sure once he gets back on the field he doesn’t have a setback.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo missed his sixth straight day Monday, and was not in the Cubs lineup for the series opener against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup for Jorge Soler’s home debut:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Turner P

8/31 Cubs notes: Rizzo, Jackson and more

The Cubs hope first baseman Anthony Rizzo can return to the lineup Monday after missing five days because of tightness in his lower back. Rizzo has not played since he was pulled from last Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati when his back tightned up during a rain delay.

“He’s still day to day,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday. “He came in [Saturday] and wanted to play. We have to make sure we’re prudent and playing this smart. We’ll give him another day and when we get back, we’ll see how he’s doing.”

* Edwin Jackson threw a light bullpen session on Saturday, and the Cubs are continuing to monitor the right-hander’s progress. Jackson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a right lat strain.

“We’ll continue to monitor and see how he’s doing,” Renteria said. “We haven’t set any hard dates. We’ll see how he progresses and continue to make adjustments.”

* The Cubs have yet to sort out their six-man rotation. Felix Doubront, who picked up the win in his first start with the Cubs on Saturday, will be inserted into the mix for the final month. The Cubs have an off day Thursday, and have yet to announce who will start a three-game series against the Pirates, which opens on Friday at Wrigley Field.

* The Cubs will likely add one relief pitcher on Monday when rosters expand, then call up a few more players once Triple-A Iowa’s season is over. Iowa failed to make the playoffs, and will play its last regular season game Monday against Oklahoma City.

* It isn’t often that a visiting player catches a ceremonial first pitch, but Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller did just that on Sunday. Mueller was behind the plate to catch a pitch from retiring DeSmet high school coach Greg Vitello. Vitello was Mueller’s coach, and is retiring after 35 years as the baseball coach.

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Rizzo out with back problems

Anthony Rizzo was not expected to play this weekend against the Cardinals because of lingering tightness in his lower back. The Cubs had a day-night doubleheader Saturday and a day game Sunday in St. Louis. Rizzo has not played since he was pulled from Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati. His back tightned up that day during a 50-minute rain delay.

“I’m going to shut it down for today and tomorrow, too,” Rizzo said Saturday. “I hit, I ran. Hitting felt all right. I took two rounds, let it calm down, hit again. Then I ran for the ultimate [test]. Jogging [is a problem].

“It felt a lot better today than yesterday, so I think if we let it rest, it’ll be OK,” he said. “I don’t want to come back and then miss the rest of the season if I’m really bad. I can wait a couple days to play the rest of the season.”

So far, the diagnosis is nothing more than lower back tightness.

“I just locked up,” he said.

Rizzo has had minor back problems before but never for this long. Could he return for the Cubs’ home game Monday against the Brewers?

“It’s day to day,” Rizzo said. “I’ll be out today and tomorrow. If I wake up [Sunday], we’ll re-evaluate. But as far as baseball stuff, we’ll be done until Monday.”

Rizzo has yet to be in the same lineup as top prospect Jorge Soler, who hit two home runs Friday in the Cubs’ 7-2 win.

“This is an important month,” Rizzo said. “The better we do now, the better we go into the offseason, the better we go into Spring Training, and everyone else feels it.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Cubs lineup – Game 1

Felix Doubront makes his first start for the Cubs on Saturday, weather permitting. He’s the 12th different pitcher to start for the Cubs; they used nine last year. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup, and most likely will not play all weekend. He’s still bothered by tightness in his lower back. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Watkins RF
Valaika 1B
Baker C
Doubront P

8/28 Finding a happy medium

On Wednesday, Starlin Castro failed to run hard after hitting a ball to center, and it may have proved costly in a loss to the Reds. On Friday, Castro doubled with one out in the sixth, tried to stretch his hit, and was thrown out at third. The Cubs are working on finding a happy medium.

“Here’s a guy who everybody gets on because he doesn’t run out of the box,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s been hustling, he runs out of the box hard, gets to second base, and in that instance, he did everything I wanted him to do except now you have to make sure you see the ball in front of you.

“I said, ‘It’s OK in this instance to stay there,'” Renteria said. “I’ll take that and take being able to explain to him how to approach it better than him not getting over there. I think he showed everybody he’s willing to go ahead and do the things he’s supposed to. We have to do it consistently over a long period of time. At least he showed me something by trying to get over there and trying to make something happen.”

The Cubs are counting on players like Castro and Anthony Rizzo to be examples for the rookies, who aren’t much younger than the pair. General manager Jed Hoyer said he liked how Renteria handled Castro.

“First of all, I’d say, I’m really glad Starlin right away went and apologized to everyone,” Hoyer said. “He knew he messed up. I think it’s the wrong time right now, and Ricky knows this — [Castro] is going through a lot. He knows he made a mistake, he apologized to everyone. It’s not something you need to harp on.”

Hoyer complimented Castro’s play this season, saying he’s eliminated a lot of the mental mistakes.

“In some ways we’re asking a lot of those guys — we need those guys to show [the rookies] how to play,” Hoyer said of Castro and Rizzo.

– Carrie Muskat

8/29 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo was not in the Cubs lineup Friday, missing the third straight game because of lower back tightness. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Hendricks P

8/28 Rizzo still sidelined

Anthony Rizzo did not start for a second straight day Thursday because of tightness in his lower back but hoped to return to the Cubs lineup for the start of a three-game series against the Cardinals. Rizzo said he couldn’t get his back loose after a 50-minute rain delay Tuesday against the Reds, and asked to come out of the game as a precaution.

“There wasn’t one thing I did that hurt it,” Rizzo said. “It just grabbed me. I’m not too worried about it. It’s just frustrating.”

He was able to loosen up on Wednesday, and received treatment most of the day. He woke up Thursday feeling better.

“Hopefully, I can get it loose and keep it loose for a while,” he said.

Rizzo said his back bothers him when he extends it, which is what he does on his swings.

“Obviously, going through a swinging motion grabs at it, too,” he said. “Hopefully, today it gets a lot better. I don’t think it’s going to get any worse. I’ll just gut through it, worse case.”

– Carrie Muskat

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