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Anthony Rizzo | First Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Cubs defeated the Royals in Cactus League action on Tuesday.
It's nice to see him break out of his funk a bit, after starting the spring 1-for-17. Rizzo remains one of the top overall sluggers in the National League and should be one of the first few names off the board at the first base position in all fantasy leagues. Mar 17 - 11:37 PM

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Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-1 with two walks in Sunday's 2-1 win against the Reds.

Rizzo, with 17 official spring at-bats, is hitting only .059. His only hit is a single. Neither the Cubs nor fantasy owners should be worrying. While it might be a stretch to expect him to post a .913 OPS again, he should still provide plenty of value throughout the season. He swatted 32 home runs with 78 RBI for the CUbs last season.
Mar 15 - 6:32 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Cubs finished their season on a high note, beating the Brewers 5-2 Sunday.

Rizzo hit his 32nd home run of the season in the first inning, a two-run shot off Brewers starter Mike Fiers. He also stole a base in the game, his fifth stolen base of the year. An injury kept Rizzo from what could have been an even bigger year, but the 25-year-old still finished hitting .286/.386/.527 with 78 RBI and 89 runs scored. He'll be an early-round pick in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the game-winning run in Tuesday's extra-innings defeat of the Cardinals.

Rizzo smoked two singles off Cardinals starter Shelby Miller in his first two at-bats, and with one out in the 10th inning he nearly ended it with a long fly ball to center. He ended up with a double instead, and with two outs he came home to score the winning run on a Welington Castillo single. Rizzo is 9-for-25 since returning from a back issue and is hitting .282/.380/.519 overall.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:19:00 AM

Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Rizzo missed nearly three weeks between late August and mid-September with a back problem, and the Cubs are planning to rest him every other day down the stretch as to avoid a re-injury. Mike Olt is starting at first base on Thursday versus Los Angeles.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that he plans initially to only play Anthony Rizzo every other day.

Rizzo homered in his return to the lineup Monday but was then sitting Tuesday. He could play more than every other day eventually depending on how his back responds. "I would say I plan on giving him every other day [off] and will increase his playing time to two days in a row, maybe three," Renteria said. "I have to let it play itself out first."
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 09:18:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

Rizzo hit a walk-off homer Monday in his first game since injuring his back late last month. The Cubs are just giving him a planned day off.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo hit a walkoff homer off Pedro Villarreal in the bottom of the ninth as the Cubs beat the Reds 1-0 on Monday.

At least the Cubs are still trying to win; the Reds could care less. Rizzo, playing for the first time since Aug. 26, was the only player on either team to have a multihit game tonight, going 2-for-4. The homer was his 31st of the year, which tops his 2013 total by eight.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:32:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Reds.

Rizzo missed nearly three weeks with a back injury. The first baseman is batting .278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games and will look to finish off his breakout 2014 campaign with a bang.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is unlikely to play this weekend.

Rizzo has progressed steadily this week in his recovery from a back injury, but he still needs a few more days. A return early next week would seem to be possible. The slugging first baseman hasn't played since August 26.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) hopes to return to the Cubs' lineup by the end of the week.

If not by the weekend, Rizzo thinks he'll "for sure" be ready to play during the Cubs' homestand that begins next Monday. Manager Rick Renteria was more cautious regarding a potential timetable, saying, "I don’t want to speculate on that part." Rizzo worked out for the second straight day Tuesday, taking some infield and light batting practice. It looked likely last week that his season was over, but it appears the first baseman will make it back after all.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) took some ground balls and a few swings in the batting cage Monday.

Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain, but he's now hopeful that he'll be able to return this weekend. However, Cubs manager Rick Renteria wants to see more before talking about a timeline. "I'll reserve my optimism," Renteria said. "Today is the first day where he's gone out there. He's trying to see how his body is feeling, but I'll just say we'll keep digging it as it comes."
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Anthony Rizzo (back) took swings Monday and believes that he could return as soon as this weekend.

Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain. While he still has some hurdles to cross before returning to the lineup, he could still prove useful to fantasy owners this month.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:36:00 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Anthony Rizzo's lower back revealed a muscle strain.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that Rizzo would be placed on the 15-day disabled list if rosters hadn't expanded, so it's going to be a while before the first baseman returns to the lineup. He has been sidelined since August 26.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Brewers.

Rizzo sat out the Cubs' entire four-game weekend series in St. Louis due to tightness in his lower back and will now miss Monday's series-opener with the Brewers. The Cubs haven't offered any indication about when he might return. Chris Valaika is at first base Monday.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
3Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
3Mike Baxter
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Felix Doubront
9C.J. Edwards
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Brian Schlitter
7Phil Coke
8Edwin Jackson
9Zach Rosscup
10Blake Parker
11Drake Britton
12Anthony Carter
13Jorge De Leon
14Daniel Bard