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44 Anthony Rizzo 1B

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August 12, 2020 10:44 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Slugs fourth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against Cleveland.

Rizzo took Carlos Carrasco deep to lead off the third inning, his fourth home run of the season. He had been in a bit of a power drought of late, as he had no extra-base hits in his last 10 contests, dating back to July 27. Still, Rizzo has managed a .400 on-base percentage despite racking up just 12 hits in 65 plate appearances.

August 1, 2020 12:24 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Plates two runs in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk during Friday's 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Rizzo smacked a two-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ. The slugging first baseman has hit safely in five of Chicago's first seven games and, even though he is still searching for his first multi-hit game of the season, he has already racked up three homers and five RBI in only 20 at-bats.

July 28, 2020 01:36 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Power surge continues Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 1-for-2 with a walk, a solo home run and three runs scored in Monday's 8-7 win over the Reds.

The veteran slugger has kicked 2020 off with a bang, going yard in three of the first four games. It's slightly disappointing that all three homers have come with the bases empty, but Rizzo made up for that Monday by coming around to score two additional times. As long as his back holds up, he should be able to continue staking an early claim to the NL home run crown during the shortened season.

July 27, 2020 01:36 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Hits second home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

That's two home runs in three games for Rizzo, a welcome sign given the back issues he dealt with during summer camp. The Cubs will likely use Victor Caratini some at first base to keep Rizzo fresh, but the latter looks healthy to begin the 2020 season and should post big numbers batting second in a strong Chicago lineup.

July 25, 2020 11:56 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Scores, drives in one in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Rizzo batted second and was productive in a game in which the Cubs only recorded five total hits. The slugging first baseman missed some time in summer camp due to a back issue, but he looks healthy to begin the season. The team might still get Victor Caratini some starts at first to keep Rizzo fresh during the 60-game sprint.

July 22, 2020 10:04 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Looks good in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Twins.

Rizzo has been dealing with back problems for most of summer camp and recently missed some exhibition contests, but he looked comfortable in his return to the lineup. The 30-year-old seems ready to go for the regular season, though his back will be worth monitoring during a condensed schedule that is light on off days.

July 22, 2020 02:24 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Ready for game action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) will bat second and play first base in Wednesday's final exhibition game against the Twins, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Rizzo has been dealing with back problems for most of summer camp, an issue that isn't new for him. He took live batting practice Tuesday and will get some game action in Wednesday. If he gets through the exhibition contest without issues, expect him to be on the field for Friday's Opening Day game against the Brewers.

July 21, 2020 02:40 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Faces live pitching
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) took live batting practice Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rizzo has battled back issues over the past two weeks, though he remains in contention for Opening Day. Assuming he checks out fine following Tuesday's workout, he could be cleared to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Twins.

July 20, 2020 08:16 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Could play Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) is expected to face live pitching Tuesday and could be cleared to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Twins, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The Wednesday scrimmage against Minnesota will be the Cubs' final tune-up before Friday's season opener, so if Rizzo is able to go against the Twins, it would seem he'll be ready for Opening Day. Manager David Ross said the first baseman "continues to move in the right direction," and the team should have a better idea of Rizzo's health after Tuesday's workout.

July 20, 2020 10:20 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Hopeful for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rizzo has been dealing with a back issue in recent days, but he's been able to steadily increase his workload. He isn't starting in Sunday's exhibition game against the White Sox, but he expressed optimism that he could play in Wednesday's exhibition matchup against the Twins. The 30-year-old was able to hit without pain Sunday and was able to play the field Saturday, but he said that he wants to be able to regain a full range of mobility without pain. He said that serving as the designated hitter at times to begin the season could be an option to preserve his long-term health and also said that he could take some extra games off once the regular season gets underway. Rizzo remains day-to-day ahead of Opening Day on Friday.

July 18, 2020 09:00 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Works in field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) took batting practice and worked in the field Saturday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Rizzo has been limited recently while dealing with rib inflammation on his left side that led to back spasms, but he appears to be slightly increasing his workload as he was able to take grounders Saturday. Manager David Ross still considers the first baseman to be day-to-day. Whether he'll be ready for the start of the season remains to be seen.

July 16, 2020 10:40 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Limited during BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) stood in against live pitching Thursday but didn't take any full swings, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rizzo saw 17 pitches during Thursday's limited BP session, bunting six while simply tracking the remaining pitches. The first baseman also did some light jogging around the bases but remains limited as he battles back spasms stemming from rib head inflammation on his left side. Rizzo remains day-to-day. If he's forced to miss any time to begin the season, Victor Caratini or Kris Bryant could fill in at first base, with David Bote likely seeing time at the hot corner should Bryant make the move.

July 15, 2020 12:40 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: MRI reveals rib head inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo's MRI revealed rib head inflammation on his left side as the source of his back spasms, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The issue is one Rizzo has dealt with before. He's being considered day-to-day and will continue to receive treatment, though with Opening Day just over a week away, a trip to the injured list hasn't been ruled out. If he's forced to miss time, the Cubs could use backup catcher Victor Caratini at first base or slide Kris Bryant over from third to first, opening up the hot corner for David Bote.

July 14, 2020 04:36 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Getting tests on back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo underwent tests on his tight lower back Tuesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports.

Rizzo has been dealing with the issue for about a week after it popped up following a batting-practice session. He was able to hit again Sunday and was reportedly doing better at the time, but he's seemingly back to doing worse again. He's still considered day-to-day, though time is getting tight for him to get into game shape by the start of the season.

July 13, 2020 08:32 PM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Takes batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) took batting practice Sunday and is "doing better" according to Chicago manager David Ross, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Rizzo has sat out the past few intrasquad games, but he's still getting work in, as he participated in drills Saturday followed by Sunday's batting practice. With the start of the regular season less than two weeks away, the Cubs seem to be exercising some caution with their first baseman, though he appears to be on track to play Opening Day.

July 12, 2020 02:48 AM
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Works out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rizzo (back) participated in fielding drills and took some swings Saturday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Rizzo has missed the team's last two intrasquad games with lower back tightness, but the fact that he worked out Saturday is encouraging. The 30-year-old has dealt with intermittent back issues throughout his career, so the Cubs are just likely exercising some caution with their slugging first baseman. He remains day-to-day to return to game action.

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.

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Parkland, FL
Chicago Cubs

MLB Experience:

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