Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Rizzo sits with back tightness, may undergo MRI

MLB.com

CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start for a sixth consecutive day because of lower back tightness and may undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the problem.

Rizzo came out of last Tuesday's game in Cincinnati after his back tightened during a 50-minute rain delay. He has not started any of the Cubs' next seven games, including either game of a doubleheader on Saturday in St. Louis.

View Full Game Coverage

CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start for a sixth consecutive day because of lower back tightness and may undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the problem.

Rizzo came out of last Tuesday's game in Cincinnati after his back tightened during a 50-minute rain delay. He has not started any of the Cubs' next seven games, including either game of a doubleheader on Saturday in St. Louis.

View Full Game Coverage

"He's still day to day, he's still a little stiff," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday. "If it doesn't clear up, maybe we'll get an MRI to make sure everything's OK.

"He's doing fine," Renteria said. "We're just limiting him to make sure once he gets back on the field he doesn't have a setback."

Rizzo, who leads the Cubs with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs, was not available to pinch-hit Monday, Renteria said.

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

Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo