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Cubs hoping Rizzo can return for start of homestand

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ST. LOUIS -- 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 tightened up during a rain delay.

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ST. LOUIS -- 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 tightened up during a rain delay.

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"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."

The Cubs open a six-game homestand Monday against the National League Central-leading Brewers at Wrigley Field.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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