Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies. Rizzo's three-run blast and a grand slam from Albert Almora did most of the damage for the Cubs. The 29-year-old first baseman got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he's now up to 12 home runs and 34 RBI through 43 games to go along with a .927 OPS.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk Sunday in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Nationals. After missing a few days to tend to a back injury, Rizzo returned to the lineup for all three games of the weekend. Though Rizzo went an unremarkable 2-for-12 in those contests, his lone hit Sunday provided an important insurance run in the narrow victory. The home run was Rizzo's 11th of the season, putting him well on his way to reach 25 in the category for the sixth consecutive campaign.
Rizzo (back) went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Friday's 14-6 win over the Nationals. Rizzo had missed the previous four games with a tight back, so it was nice to see him get back into action. He occupied the No. 3 spot in the lineup Friday night and should remain a key cog in the Cubs' attack moving forward.
Rizzo (back) will return to the lineup Friday against Washington. A tight back kept Rizzo out of the lineup for four straight games. He hit an excellent .340/.429/.755 with six homers in his previous 13 games prior to the injury and will be looking to recapture that form against the Nationals.
Manager Joe Maddon said he hopes Rizzo (back) will be ready to rejoin the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Rizzo is out of the lineup for a fourth straight game Thursday, though he did some hitting during pregame and is reportedly feeling better. According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, while Maddon is encouraged by Rizzo's chances at returning over the weekend, the manager wasn't certain the first baseman would be ready for Friday's series opener. "I'm encouraged for this weekend. Tomorrow would be great, but I'm not 100 percent sure," Maddon said. In the meantime, Victor Caratini is starting at first base in place of Rizzo on Thursday.
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