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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

8/27 Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo was not in the Cubs lineup Wednesday. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of tightness in his lower back, and apparently his back tightened up overnight. Rizzo’s status is day to day.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting fifth Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. Soler will be the eighth Cubs player to make his Major League debut this season. Jacob Turner makes his first start. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of lower back tightness. Here’s the lineup:

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

8/24 Final: Cubs 2, Orioles 1

* In his first career start against the Orioles, Tsuyoshi Wada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Steve Pearce connected for a lead off solo home run. Wada struck out a career-high eight batters. He gave up one earned run on one hit over 7 1/3 innings. Wada also picked up his first ML hit with the first hit of the day for either team, a swinging bunt single in the third inning. With three scoreless innings to start the game, Wada has posted a 1.13 ERA (3 ER/24 IP) through the first three innings of his eight starts this season.

* The Cubs starting lineup featured five rookies (Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Matt Szczur, and Tsuyoshi Wada) for the first time since Oct. 3, 2012 against Houston at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last started five rookies before rosters expand on Sept. 1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 18, 2012, in Cincinnati (Steve Clevenger, Anthony Rizzo, Adrian Cardenas, Brett Jackson, and Brooks Raley).

* Cubs pitching held the Orioles to just one hit Sunday. The last time the Cubs held their opponents to one hit was June 13, 2010 vs. the White Sox (1-0 Cubs victory).

* Chris Coghlan is batting .306 (19-for-62) when leading off an inning that isn’t the first.

* Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the fifth. He has multiple hits and a stolen base in each of his last two games, and seven hits in his last four games (.438/7-for-16).

* Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double, and leads the Cubs with 52 extra-base hits and 70 RBI. Rizzo has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 11-for-32 (.344) during the stretch.

* With the win, the Cubs completed their third sweep of the season, and first since June 30-July 2 in Boston.

8/21 Final: Cubs 2, Giants 1

Tuesday’s suspended game was completed on Thursday, although it took 6 hours 31 minutes of rain delays. There was a 4:34 delay on Tuesday, and a 1:57 delay on Thursday.

* Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer proved to be the difference. He connected in the first inning on Tuesday.

* Tsuyoshi Wada still got the win, his third straight. He threw five scoreless innings. It’s the first time in seven starts that he did not walk a batter. In his last five starts, Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26.

* The Cubs totaled three hits, the fewest in a win since totaling three hits on April 4 of last year at Pittsburgh.

* Thursday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh (game suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5 … game was finished the following day with the Cubs winning, 8-6).

* It’s the first suspended game at Wrigley Field since July 10, 1987, vs. the Dodgers (game suspended with two out in the bottom ninth due to darkness with the score tied at 4-4 … game was finished the following day with the Dodgers winning 5-4 in 10 innings).

8/20 Cubs 2, Giants 0 – Tuesday

* Anthony Rizzo homered for the second-straight game, hitting a two-run shot in the first over the right field bleachers onto Sheffield Ave. It’s the seventh time this season in which he’s homered in consecutive games. Rizzo’s 239 total bases are second-best in the National League. He had 254 total bases in 160 games last season. Javier Baez drew a walk to set up Rizzo’s home run.

* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his third straight win, throwing a rain-shortened five-inning complete game. Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26 over his last five starts.

* Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in four of his last five games (.250/4-for-16).

* The Cubs have won three-straight games for the first time since winning four in a row, June 30-July 4.

* Tuesday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh, when the game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5. That game was completed the next day, and the Cubs won, 8-6.

* Tuesday’s game was delayed 4 hours 34 minutes before it was called.

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