Anthony Rizzo Experiencing More Back Stiffness

Rizzo could undergo tests on his back, though he's considered day-to-day.

Chris Emma
July 14, 2020 - 3:43 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo experienced more back stiffness after taking batting practice Sunday and could undergo tests, manager David Ross said Tuesday.

Rizzo is considered day-to-day with the lingering back issue and won't work with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday evening. The 30-year-old Rizzo first experienced back soreness early last week, then returned Sunday to take batting practice.

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"Once he cooled down, a little bit of that stiffness came back," Ross said. 

Rizzo has experienced issues with his lower back before, including early in the 2018 season, when he required a stint on the injured list. Even so, Rizzo has been durable during his Cubs tenure, playing in at least 140 games in every season since 2013 and 153 or more in five of the past seven seasons.

Rizzo hit .293 with 27 home runs and 94 RBIs in 146 games in 2019.

In other news, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. will participate in the team's workouts Tuesday after running into the center field wall at Wrigley Field over the weekend.

Ross will also be present Tuesday after missing the Cubs' work Monday because his coronavirus tests weren't returned on time.

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