Things Don't Sound Great on Anthony Rizzo's Back

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Things Don’t Sound Great on Anthony Rizzo’s Back

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Anthony Rizzo missed last night and, given certain game situations where he wasn’t used, was pretty clearly unavailable for even pinch-hitting duty.

He got treatment for his back before the game, but unfortunately, this was the word after the game:

You know how that exchange looks. A manager is pressed for more info on an injury, is steadfast in not giving it. When a guy is a possibility for a quick return, that just doesn’t happen. You can safely presume Rizzo is out for at least tonight’s game, and maybe more.

You know the drill now: there is no position player on the 40-man roster who could come up to take Rizzo’s place if the Cubs put him on the Injured List (Double-A prospect Christopher Morel is literally the only healthy position guy on the 40-man who isn’t with the big league team). There have just been too many simultaneous injuries this year, coupled with a lack of positional prospects who are near big-league-ready. So the Cubs could either create space for a new player via a 40-man move, or they could bring up another pitcher for Rizzo. Or, as they did last time with his back, they could just play a man down.

The hope is that Rizzo’s back isn’t bad enough to warrant an IL stint in any case, but if you were hoping David Ross would provide a positive update after the game, it did not come.

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.