The level of suspicion and concern always rises when a superstar bat is kept out of an MLB lineup for back-to-back days. This is exactly what the Chicago Cubs are attempting to avoid with their slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo missed Monday night's contest against the Milwaukee Brewers with a reported back injury. According to manager David Ross, the treatment program didn't go exactly as planned as Rizzo still felt some soreness in his back, even after treatment during the game.
Anthony Rizzo Injury Update
It remains unclear if Rizzo will find himself spending any time on the injured list or even if he'll be in Tuesday night's lineup. But, the Cubs and their fanbase are hoping for as speedy of a recovery as possible.
On the year, the 31-year-old slugger is slashing .248/.344/.442 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. That's definitely a slow start by his own standards, especially considering Rizzo averages 29 home runs and 95 RBIs across 162 games throughout his 11-year MLB career.
Rizzo has missed just nine games this season, playing in 70 games on Chicago's schedule. Right now, the Cubs sit 4.0 games back of the first-place Brewers with a 42-37 overall record in the NL Central. The Brewers also own more favorable odds to win the division (-200), compared to the Cubs' +310, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. Surely, if the Cubs lose their important lefty slugging bat for any amount of time, that's not going to help their cause in winning the division.
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