Rizzo Out Of Cubs' Lineup Again With Back Tightness

Anthony Rizzo hopes to return to action in the next couple days.

May 14, 2019 - 2:57 pm

(670 The Score) First baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the Cubs' lineup for the second straight game Tuesday due to back tightness.

Rizzo missed Chicago's home win against Milwaukee on Sunday and had the benefit of an off day Monday but is still relegated to the bench to open a new series at Cincinnati. Rizzo's hope is to return to action in "a couple days," Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported.

Rizzo's back has flared up for short stretches in seasons past, and the team has maintained an optimistic tone amid his latest ailment. Rizzo is off to a quality start this season, hitting .252 with 10 homers, 29 RBIs and a .911 OPS.

Kris Bryant will once again start at first base in place of Rizzo, with David Bote starting at third base in Bryant's usual defensive spot.