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Rizzo scratched due to tightness in back

Weeks to miss a month with sprained ACL, bone bruise in left knee
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MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was scratched from Thursday's game against the Reds because of tightness in his back. His status was day to day.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Rizzo woke up with the problem and could return as early as Friday. Rizzo is 1-for-3 in three games so far this spring.

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was scratched from Thursday's game against the Reds because of tightness in his back. His status was day to day.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Rizzo woke up with the problem and could return as early as Friday. Rizzo is 1-for-3 in three games so far this spring.

The news wasn't as good for infielder Jemile Weeks. An MRI revealed a sprained ACL and bone bruise in his left knee after a collision Monday at second base. No surgery is required, but Weeks will be sidelined at least four weeks, which means he won't get any more Cactus League at-bats.

Infielder Tommy La Stella has not played because he's dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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