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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 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

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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

Anthony Rizzo (back) is not expected to return to the lineup this weekend.

Rizzo was pulled from Tuesday's game due to tightness in his lower back and has yet to progress enough to return to the lineup. He'll hope to be back in the lineup during the Cubs' homestand, which begins Monday. Chris Valaika will once again draw the start at first base in his place.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Anthony Rizzo (back) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday.

The Cubs said that they pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but he's now sitting out a third straight game, so he obviously hasn't progressed as hoped. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 04:50:00 PM