Anthony Rizzo's MRI Revealed Rib Inflammation

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Anthony Rizzo’s MRI Revealed Rib Inflammation

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The results are in on Anthony Rizzo’s MRI, and while they are being termed “as expected,” there was something to find.

On the bright side, this suggests there is no serious damage in there – no strains or structural issues – and it’s conceivable that daily treatment and rest could calm things down in relatively short order. On the other hand, backs are just so dang tricky. It’s really hard to predict where this goes. For now, the Cubs aren’t considering the Injured List just yet, but the season opens in nine days, so unless Rizzo is back to live BP and intrasquads within five days or so, it’s fair to wonder whether Opening Day is in doubt.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have options at first base behind Rizzo, including Kris Bryant and Ian Happ (while coordinating other players into their spots), and also Victor Caratini, who was a corner infielder early in his career:

That said, if you are without Rizzo, you’re replacing his bat with whatever guy steps in at third base for Bryant or at back-up catcher or whatever. The Cubs can cover the loss reasonably well, but there’s no replacing Rizzo’s bat.

So let’s hope this abates soon.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.