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44 Anthony Rizzo 1B

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July 7, 2020 08:36 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Back issues resurface
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo didn't participate in Tuesday's intrasquad game due to lower back tightness, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The 30-year-old has battled intermittent back issues throughout his career, so it's not much of a surprise to see the Cubs being cautious early in summer camp. Still, it's a somewhat worrying development following the extended hiatus, especially with scheduled off days at a premium during the shortened 60-game season. Rizzo may lay low for a couple days but hopefully will make a relatively quick return to the field. Manager David Ross plans to bat his first baseman second in the order, with Kris Bryant batting leadoff.

June 29, 2020 09:40 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Slated to bat second
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chicago manager David Ross said he plans on batting Rizzo second behind Kris Bryant this season, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

The Cubs will get the benefit of a DH during this abbreviated season, but Ross plans on batting his corner infielders 1-2, likely followed by shortstop Javier Baez and then possibly catcher Willson Contreras. Rizzo primarily batted third in 2019 while also getting time in the cleanup and leadoff spots. Previous manager Joe Maddon was known to freely move players around the batting order and the diamond, but it remains to be seen if Ross will be more consistent with his lineups.

March 31, 2020 12:08 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Wants to stay in Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo said he enjoys playing in Chicago and would like to stay with the Cubs beyond 2020, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

The team picked up Rizzo's $16.5 million 2020 club option back in November, and it can do so one more time next year if it wants. The slugging first baseman said he wants to stay in Chicago long term, but he also called the business side of baseball "as cutthroat as ever" in January when the Cubs shut down contract extension talks. Rizzo has been a cornerstone player for the Cubs since 2012, but if the team gets off to a sluggish start when the 2020 season is able to resume, management could begin to move some bigger pieces as part of a rebuild.

March 8, 2020 01:52 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Off to slow spring start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo is batting just .176 with no home runs through his first 17 Cactus League at-bats.

Rizzo is no stranger to slow starts, as the career .273 hitter has just a .241 mark in March and April. Fantasy owners will need to be patient with the slugger, but when everything is said and done, he will likely post a strong average and approach 30 home runs and 100 RBI once again assuming he stays healthy.

March 7, 2020 12:56 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Back in action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (finger) is starting at first base and hitting second Saturday against the Reds.

He was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a blister, but it was clearly a minor issue.

March 6, 2020 01:16 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Scratched from lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo was scratched from Thursday's spring game against the Rangers due to a blister, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Corban Joseph will enter the lineup at first base in place of Rizzo, who should be considered day-to-day after a blister opened up on his right middle finger. With three weeks to go until Opening Day, it doesn't seem like this issue will affect Rizzo's availability for the start of the season.

February 20, 2020 11:56 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Will bat second in order
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo confirmed Thursday that he'll serve as the Cubs' No. 2 hitter this season, Bruce Levine of reports.

First-year manager David Ross will keep the tandem of Kris Bryant and Rizzo in back-to-back lineup spots, though both players will move up one slot in the order after the pair most commonly batted second and third, respectively, in 2019. Assuming the Cubs stay committed to Rizzo as the No. 2 hitter, the first baseman could make a legitimate push for 700 plate appearances for the second time in his career if he's able to avoid any absences due to injury. Rizzo has some limited prior experience as a No. 2 hitter, slashing .300/.401/.515 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 237 career plate appearances out of that lineup spot.

November 3, 2019 04:00 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Cubs pick up 2020 option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cubs exercised Rizzo's (ankle) $16.5 million club option for 2020 on Sunday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

The move comes as no surprise with Rizzo finishing 2019 with a .293/.405/.520 slash line, 27 home runs and 94 RBI in 146 games. The 30-year-old suffered an ankle sprain in mid-September and was shut down once Chicago was eliminated from the playoffs, but he initially played through the injury and it shouldn't impact his status for 2020. Rizzo is primed for another season starting at first base in the Windy City.

September 30, 2019 02:56 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Sitting out finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cardinals.

He last played Sept. 25, and with the Cubs out of the playoff mix, they will elect to hold him out for the season finale. Rizzo's injury is not expected to affect his offseason. Victor Caratini is starting at first base.

September 28, 2019 03:48 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Sits again Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) remains on the bench Saturday against the Cardinals.

Rizzo's sprained ankle is clearly still bothering him, as he hasn't played since Wednesday. With the Cubs out of the playoff picture, it's quite likely that he won't play again this season. Victor Caratini will be the first baseman Saturday.

September 27, 2019 04:08 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Remains out of lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.

There were some indications earlier in the week that Rizzo could be shut down after the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention, and he'll now sit for the second straight game after leaving Wednesday's contest early. The 30-year-old suffered a right ankle sprain in mid-September that wasn't allowed to fully heal since he played through the injury, so it makes sense for the team to remain cautious. Victor Caratini receives another start at first base in his place.

September 26, 2019 03:08 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Sitting Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

The Cubs are resting most of their starters for Wednesday's series finale, with Victor Caratini starting at first base in place of Rizzo. With Chicago eliminated from playoff contention, Rizzo -- who is still nursing a right ankle sprain -- may be withheld from the lineup over the team's final four games.

September 26, 2019 12:24 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Could be shut down
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo could be held out of the final four games of the regular season due to his right ankle sprain, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Rizzo exited Wednesday's game following the third inning and may not return for the final four games of the season with the Cubs now eliminated from playoff contention. The 30-year-old suffered a moderate right ankle sprain Aug. 15 but ended up missing only three games as he decided to fight through the issue for the stretch run. Rizzo is 8-for-20 with one home run and one double in the six games since rejoining the lineup, but it would make sense for the team to remain cautious if he's still less than 100 percent.

September 22, 2019 10:12 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Collects three hits in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double in Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.

Somewhat surprisingly, Rizzo didn't cross the plate despite the three-hit effort as the leadoff hitter in a high-scoring game. It's still good to see the slugging first baseman productive after suffering a sprained ankle on Monday, which kept him out of the lineup for a few games.

September 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Starts again Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) will remain in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.

Rizzo suffered a moderate ankle sprain Sunday but was back in the lineup just four days later, hitting a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals. Manager Joe Maddon cast some doubt on Rizzo's ability to play back-to-back games right away, but the first baseman is evidently able to tough it out. His presence is certainly a boon for the Cubs, who now sit one game out of the second wild-card spot after Thursday's loss. Rizzo will lead off and play first base Friday.

September 19, 2019 11:32 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Status uncertain for Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Joe Maddon is unsure if Rizzo (ankle) will be able to play Friday against the Cardinals, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Rizzo was a surprising addition to Thursday night's lineup, and while he did contribute with a solo home run, the slugger obviously wasn't close to 100 percent. His availability for the remainder of the series should become more clear after he's re-evaluated Friday. Victor Caratini figures to take over at first base if Rizzo is unable to go.

September 19, 2019 07:04 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Returning Thursday night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) was added to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

It was thought that Rizzo was still a few days away from being ready to play, but he worked out prior to Thursday's game without issue, so the Cubs felt comfortable getting him back in the lineup right away. Rizzo will lead off and play first base in his return.

September 18, 2019 03:20 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Remains out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

It doesn't come as a surprise that Rizzo is being held out, given that it was reported earlier in the week he would spend several more days in a boot. Victor Caratini will start at first base Wednesday for the second time in three days.

September 16, 2019 04:56 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Diagnosed with moderate sprain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo was diagnosed with a moderate lateral right ankle sprain Monday and will not require surgery, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It's certainly not a well-timed injury for Rizzo and the Cubs, but he's at least avoided a fracture, a ligament tear or a more severe category of sprain. He's expected to spend the next 5-to-7 days in a boot and will be re-evaluated following that period. That will leave him with at most a handful of games to play for the rest of the regular season, and there's been no indication that he's expected to be cleared immediately after the boot comes off, so there's a very real chance his regular season campaign is over.

September 16, 2019 03:32 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Out as expected Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (ankle) is out of the lineup as expected Monday against the Reds.

Rizzo is expected to miss a few days at minimum after suffering a potentially bad ankle sprain Sunday against the Pirates. He's expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, at which point his return timeline should become clearer.

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vs Flaherty (Career)18931.056.591.500
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Chicago Cubs

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2016: NL Gold Glove-1B
2018: NL Gold Glove-1B
2019: NL Gold Glove-1B