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60-48 9-1 W7
58-50 4-6 L2
44-64 4-6 W1
44-64 6-4 L1
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2022 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .232 3 24 .629 3

Top Alfonso Rivas News

  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sent to minors

    The Cubs optioned Rivas to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    He'll surrender his spot on the 26-man active roster to utility man Zach McKinstry, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers on Saturday. Rivas had been serving as the Cubs' primary starting first baseman against right-handed pitching since the middle of June, but he's turned in an unremarkable .232/.313/.316 slash line across 201 plate appearances with the big club. His demotion should pave the way for Frank Schwindel to see most of the reps at the position.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Riding pine against lefty

    Rivas isn't starting Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Rivas went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts over the last two games but will get a breather with left-hander Alex Wood on the mound Thursday. Frank Schwindel is shifting to first base while Yan Gomes starts behind the dish.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Poaching work from Gomes

    Rivas will start at first base and bat eighth in Monday's game against the Pirates.

    Rivas looked primed to lose playing time when Frank Schwindel was activated from the injured list shortly before the All-Star break, but manager David Ross has been able to find more frequent work for both players by handing fewer starts to Yan Gomes, who appears to have settled back in as the team's No. 2 catcher. With Willson Contreras handling more work behind the plate of late, Rivas will be able to stay in the lineup at first base for the third time in four games, while Schwindel serves as the Cubs' designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Loses work in Schwindel's return

    Rivas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Though the lefty-hitting Rivas is on the bench with New York bringing a lefty (David Peterson) to the hill, Rivas' time as the Cubs' primary first baseman looks to be over in any case. Frank Schwindel (back), who was reinstated from the injured list Thursday, will be making his third consecutive start to close out the Cubs' first-half schedule and should serve as the Cubs' main option at the position moving forward.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Out against lefty in third straight

    Rivas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

    The Dodgers have brought left-handed pitchers to the hill for each of the final three games of the series, with the lefty-hitting Rivas having now taken a seat on each occasion. David Bote will fill in at first base Sunday in place of Rivas, who should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles. Baltimore is expected to bring right-hander Jordan Lyles to the hill for that contest.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sits against southpaw

    Rivas isn't starting Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Rivas has started against just two southpaws this season, and he'll get a breather with left-hander Tyler Anderson on the mound Friday. P.J. Higgins is starting at first base and batting seventh.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sitting again Friday

    Rivas is not in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Red Sox.

    Rivas will be on the bench for a second consecutive game after he had started the previous five. P.J. Higgins will draw another start at first base and bat seventh in the series opener. With Frank Schwindel (back) still on the 10-day injured list without a timetable for his return, Rivas and Higgins will likely continue splitting time at first base.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Not starting Thursday

    Rivas isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against Cincinnati, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Rivas started in the last five games and went 4-for-18 with two runs, two RBI, a stolen base, a walk and five strikeouts during that span. P.J. Higgins is starting at first base and batting seventh Thursday.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Swipes bag, knocks in two

    Rivas knocked a two-run single and stole a base in his lone plate appearance against the Pirates on Thursday.

    Rivas didn't start the contest, but he was called upon to pinch hit in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old came through with a clutch single that plated two runs and gave Chicago a short-lived lead. Since being recalled from the minors June 18, Rivas has gone 7-for-18 (.389) with a home run, seven RBI and five runs in six games.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Idle against lefty

    Rivas is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.

    With a lefty (Jose Quintana) on the mound for Pittsburgh as the two teams close out their series with a day game after a night game, the lefty-hitting Rivas will give way to P.J. Higgins at first base. Following Frank Schwindel's (back) recent placement on the 10-day injured list, Rivas should have a temporary hold on the primary job at first base. Rivas likely solidified his spot atop the temporary depth chart by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and an additional run and RBI in Wednesday's 14-5 win.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Hits grand slam Wednesday

    Rivas went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and five RBI in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

    The home run was a memorable one, as Rivas went deep in the ninth inning with the bases loaded. It was the third home run of the season for the 25-year-old and the first grand slam of his career. Rivas spent some time at Triple-A Iowa recently, but with Frank Schwindel (back) landing on the injured list, the former may see more playing time in the short term.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Getting regular work at first base

    Rivas will start at first base and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Pirates.

    After going 3-for-6 with a walk and two runs scored in the Cubs' final two games of their weekend series with Atlanta, Rivas will stick in the lineup for the third contest in a row. He looks like he'll serve as the Cubs' primary first baseman while Frank Schwindel (back) is on the 10-day injured list.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Recalled from minors

    Rivas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Rivas was sent to the minors last week but will rejoin the Cubs after Frank Schwindel (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday. Although Rivas' playing time in the majors dropped before being sent to Iowa, he's starting at first base and batting eighth Saturday and should have a chance to carve out at-bats in Schwindel's absence.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sent to minors

    Rivas was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Rivas held the starting job at first base for Chicago earlier this season, but he'll head to the minors while in the midst of a 1-for-22 slump, during which he's struck out nine times. Overall this year the 25-year-old has a .194/.296/.301 slash line in 38 games.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Loses hold of everyday gig

    Rivas is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Rivas is on the bench for the fifth time in six games after producing a lowly .455 OPS dating back to May 1. Frank Schwindel has since recaptured the Cubs' primary first-base job, and the Cubs are likely content to rotate a number of different players at the designated-hitter spot rather than clearing out everyday at-bats for the struggling Rivas.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Remains on bench for nightcap

    Rivas isn't in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Rivas entered Saturday's matinee as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth inning, but he'll remain out of the lineup once again to close out the doubleheader. Frank Schwindel is starting at first base while Willson Contreras serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Not in lineup for Game 1

    Rivas isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Although right-hander Johan Oviedo is starting for the Cardinals in Saturday's matinee, Rivas will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Frank Schwindel will shift to first base while Clint Frazier serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Riding pine against southpaw

    Rivas isn't starting Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

    Rivas drew two starts against left-handed pitchers over the last three games, but he'll get a breather with southpaw Matthew Liberatore on the mound for the Cardinals on Thursday. Frank Schwindel is shifting to first base while P.J. Higgins takes over behind the dish and Willson Contreras rests his legs as the designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sitting versus righty

    Rivas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.

    Even with a right-hander (Dylan Cease) toeing the rubber for the White Sox, the lefty-hitting Rivas will find himself on the bench in the series finale. Rivas has gone 0-for-8 over the Cubs' past two games to drop his average for May down to .148, and he could be in danger of losing out on a regular spot in the lineup once the Cubs return Jason Heyward (illness) from the COVID-19-related injured list and Nick Madrigal (back) from the 10-day IL.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Late addition to lineup

    Rivas is starting at first base and batting seventh Tuesday against the Reds, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The 25-year-old was absent from Chicago's initial lineup, but he'll join the starting nine with Tuesday's designated hitter, Yan Gomes, a late scratch with an oblique issue. Rivas is 3-for-26 with 12 strikeouts across his past 10 games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Chula Vista, CA
Age: 25
School: Arizona
Bats/Throws: L, L