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Anthony Rizzo showed why the Cubs missed him for the last 18 games. Playing his first game since Aug. 26, Rizzo hit a walk-off home run leading off the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Rizzo belted a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Villarreal to straightaway center for his 31st home run. Rizzo hit his 30th on Aug. 26 in Cincinnati, and then had to leave the game because of tightness in his lower back.
“First pitch, I was taking all the way, just to see his arm,” Rizzo said of his at-bat in the ninth. “The second pitch, I just let loose, and fortunately, put a a good swing on it.”
When Rizzo was running away from the celebration at home plate, he grabbed his back. Don’t worry, Cubs fans. He was joking.
“I did it on purpose, just messing around with the guys,” Rizzo said. “I definitely thought about [his back] the whole game. To get through the game tonight was nice. The next couple days, we’ll completely forget about it.”
The Reds won’t forget this one.
“It was a mistake that Rizzo took advantage of,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “[Rizzo] looked a little rusty the first couple of at-bats, then he had the infield hit, and certainly is always a dangerous hitter. But it’s typically going to be a simple mistake or someone taking advantage of something in a [0-0] game like that’s going to be the deciding factor.”
Rizzo did not have a chance to rehab anywhere, so Monday’s game was his first live action in nearly three weeks. Alfredo Simon struck him out in his first two at-bats in the first and third, and Rizzo reached on an infield single in the sixth.
“[Simon] has got a good split, I know that, and he exposed me there,” Rizzo said. “He pitched well, pitched a great game. That little infield single turned everything around.”
It was Rizzo’s third walk-off hit this season. He also beat the Marlins with a walk-off homer on June 6, and delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 12th on Aug. 10 against Tampa Bay.
“The game’s over, one swing of the bat,” Rizzo said. “It’s a good feeling. The biggest thing is the win. To win in that fashion is always fun.”
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, sidelined since Aug. 27 because of a low back strain, returned to the lineup Monday, and was slotted ahead of rookie Jorge Soler, who was promoted that day. Monday marks the first time the two will be in the same lineup in the big leagues.
Rizzo hit his 30th home run on Aug. 26 against the Reds in a game interrupted by rain. The first baseman did not return after the delay because his back tightened up.
Soler belted a home run in his first Major League at-bat on Aug. 27 in Cincinnati, and also returned to the lineup Monday after missing three games to be in Miami for the birth of his first child. The rookie outfielder was 16-for-45 (.356) in 12 games since his call-up with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro remained sidelined with a high left ankle sprain suffered Sept. 2.
Here’s Monday’s lineup:
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Jorge Soler was expected back in the lineup Monday when the Cubs opens their last homestand of the season but Anthony Rizzo was still questionable because of his low back strain. Soler, who was batting .356 in 12 games, missed the weekend series against the Pirates to be in Miami for the birth of his first child, a boy.
Rizzo has not played since his back tightened during a rain delay in the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati. The Cubs had hoped the first baseman would return Monday against the Reds.
“That one I will reserve for [Monday],” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “We’re trying to get him out there running. I’d still look more ahead, and take anything sooner as a plus.”
The Cubs are taking a conservative approach with Rizzo, who was batting .278 and hit his 30th home run in his last game.
“I don’t want to put a date on [his return],” Renteria said. “Let’s hope that sometime in the coming week we’ll see something and go from there. If it happens to be much sooner than later, good for us.”
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was allowed to walk without a supportive walking boot on his left ankle Friday, and predicts he’ll be back before the season ends. Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo continued to make progress in his rehab from a lower back strain, and was able to run the bases for the first time on Friday.
Castro, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Sept. 2 in an awkward slide at home, said it’s important for him to get some at-bats in the final two weeks.
“This is a great season for me,” said Castro, who was batting .292. “I think I can improve more than what I’ve done. I want to be healthy, I don’t want to go into the offseason not playing. I want to play — if it’s three games, I’ll play three games.”
Rizzo has not played since he left the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati when his back tightened up. Manager Rick Renteria said the first baseman most likely will not return until Monday when the team returns home to face the Reds.
“Obviously, we’re taking it very slow,” Rizzo said Friday. “We want it to be 100 percent going forward. We don’t want any setbacks.”
Rizzo did take batting practice for the second day, but running was a new part of his rehab.
“It was nice to throw cleats on and sweat like that,” he said.
– Carrie Muskat
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 email@example.com, or visit http://www.Rizzo44.com. The walk has raised more than $100,000 two years in a row.
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
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
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:
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
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