Anthony Rizzo's Back Issue Will Keep Him Out “A Couple” More Days

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Anthony Rizzo’s Back Issue Will Keep Him Out “A Couple” More Days

Chicago Cubs

When the lineup came out earlier today, I was sad to see the continued absence of first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

After playing in the cold, 15-inning game on Saturday, Rizzo was forced out of the lineup on Sunday with the sort of stiff/sore back issue that seems to creep up around this time just about every year. With that said, I was holding out hope that with a day off on Sunday and an off-day yesterday, he’d be feeling better and ready to go today, but alas … not yet.

Obviously, the Cubs lineup is capable of scoring runs without Rizzo, but there’s also no question that his continued absence will be felt … especially on a night like tonight against a righty like Tanner Roark, who’s been killing righties this season (.218 wOBA), but has otherwise been crushed by lefties (.438 wOBA).

And beyond tonight, well, like I said: this is something he’s dealt with in the past (many times, even), so you just hope it continues to be a two or three day thing and nothing more.

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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami