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44 Anthony Rizzo 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 8/8/1989 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $498,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/74 | Average Draft Position: 98.14
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Anthony Rizzo gets planned off-day


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, but not due to a setback with his back. Rizzo is getting a planned day off after making his return to the lineup following a three-week absence Monday.

He is expected back in the lineup as early as Wednesday's series finale.


Anthony Rizzo returns to lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who hasn't played since Aug. 26 because of a back strain, was back in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Rizzo at one point talked like he could miss the rest of the season with the injury but expressed optimism after picking up a bat last week. He was batting .289 (48 for 166) with 12 home runs in his final 42 games before the injury.


Anthony Rizzo targeting Monday return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) MLB.com reports that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is looking to make his return to the Cubs' lineup on Monday, when they open up a home series against the Reds. Rizzo has missed 17 games with a back strain, and he was out of the starting lineup again for Sunday's tilt at the Pirates.

Anthony Rizzo remains sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo remains out of the starting lineup Saturday.

Rizzo has been sidelined since Aug. 26 due to a back strain, and he may end up missing the remainder of the season. He has hit 278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo still a no-go Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hoped he could return to the lineup for the weekend series in Pittsburgh, but it won't be Friday night. He remains sidelined with a strained back.

Speculation seems to have cooled that Rizzo will miss the rest of the season, however. He has been out since Aug. 26.


Anthony Rizzo back this weekend?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was able to swing a bat Monday and thinks he could return for this weekend's series at Pittsburgh, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo has been out since Aug. 26 with a strained back and said earlier he'd be open to shutting down for the season. The 25-year-old has had a breakout season already, batting .278 with 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo remains out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the Pirates.

Rizzo has been sidelined since Aug. 26 due to back issues, and he remains a candidate to be shut down for the remainder of the season at some point in the near future if his back doesn't start to improve soon. He has hit .278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo still a no-go with bad back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) A back injury that continues to plague Cubs slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo has him sidelined again for the Friday afternoon game against visiting Pittsburgh.

Rizzo, who could be shut down for the rest of the season, has not played since Aug. 26. If he has indeed played his last game, he will finish the year with a fine stat line of .278/.375/.514 and 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo open to being shut down for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he could accept losing the rest of the season to a back strain despite the frustration.

"If I'm shut down, I'm shut down," he told MLB.com. "My main concern is being full strength in the offseason and getting ready for next year. Obviously, I want to come back and play - it's not fun sitting around and watching. We're not going to go crazy and rush to get back and have it re-occor over and over. We want this to be the first and last time it ever happens."

The Cubs have no plans yet to shut down Rizzo, who has been out since Aug. 26. He has emerged as one of the premier sluggers in the sport this season with a stat line of .278/.375/.514 and 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo has strained back; no DL at this point


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) If rosters hadn't just expanded at the start of September, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo would probably be on the disabled list with a back strain, the team announced Tuesday.

Rizzo had an MRI taken on his back which showed a mild lower back strain, an injury that has already cost him eight games. If the team was still restricted to a 25-man roster, Rizzo would have already been placed on the disabled list. He will try to rehab the injury while remaining active at this point, and the team is not considering shutting him down for the final month.


Anthony Rizzo out yet again Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, as he continues to deal with a back injury. He has now missed eight games in a row as a result of this injury, the extent of which is still not known.

Anthony Rizzo sits out another one Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was held out of the starting lineup again Monday against the Brewers. He has been sidelined since Tuesday because of a back injury. He is expected to have an MRI in the near future if the injury doesn't improve, MLB.com reports. He is hitting .278 with 30 homers and 71 RBI over 486 at-bats.

Anthony Rizzo sidelined a sixth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) As expected, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not return for Sunday's series finale at St. Louis. It was the sixth straight game Chris Valaika started for Rizzo, who is sidelined due to a back injury.

"He’s still day to day," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday, per MLB.com. "He came in [Saturday] and wanted to play. We have to make sure we’re prudent and playing this smart. We’ll give him another day and when we get back, we’ll see how he’s doing."


Anthony Rizzo to sit out Cardinals series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters he does not expect to play at all in the team's current series against the Cardinals, as he tries to overcome ongoing back issues.

Rizzo has not played since injuring his back Tuesday, and will hope to take a few more days off to help it heal. The Cubs' next series begins Monday against the Brewers, and he will be looking to return to action then.  


Anthony Rizzo out for first half of doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss at least the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, as he is not in the lineup for the first game.

Rizzo has not played since Tuesday due to a back injury, which has now cost him four games. Whether he will be active for the second half of the doubleheader is not yet clear. 


Anthony Rizzo out again Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the starting lineup yet again Friday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo was hoping to return Friday, but the injury instead cost him his third game in a row. He has not played since suffering the injury during a rain delay Tuesday.  


Anthony Rizzo still sidelined Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second game in a row Thursday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo told MLB.com Thursday the injury first began bothering him during Tuesday's rain delay, but it shouldn't be an issue much longer. He hopes to return in time for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. 


Anthony Rizzo a no-go Wednesday with back problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for the Wednesday night game against Cincinnati with a back ailment.

His absence is a blow to the team. Rizzo has been on a power surge with five home runs since Aug. 12. He has 10 hits in his last eight games to sweeten his stat line to .278/.375/.514.


Anthony Rizzo exits game with back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was removed from Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness, the team announced.

The injury is expected to be minor. Rizzo went 1 for 4 and hit a solo home run in the game. He owns a .278/.375/.514 line with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo provides only scoring in Tuesday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The power surge of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued Tuesday night - and it resulted in a rain-shortened win.

Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.


Anthony Rizzo hits decisive home run in win over Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo doubled and homered during a 4-1 win Monday against the Mets. He walked once and finished with two runs.

Rizzo broke a 1-all tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run off Buddy Carlyle. It was his 28th home run. He also now has 20 doubles.

Rizzo has homered three times in his last seven games. He did enter play Monday mired in a 0-for-10 slump in his last three games and batting .197 in his first 15 August games.


Anthony Rizzo blasts 27th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 4-2 victory over the Brewers Wednesday.

Rizzo put the Cubs on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before following up a third-inning Javier Baez home run with a blast of his own. It's his second consecutive game with a home run. Rizzo has hit .278/.378/.507 with 27 home runs and 65 RBI in 442 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo clubs 26th home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit his 26th home run Tuesday against the Brewers. 

Rizzo struck in the bottom of the sixth. Leading off the inning, Rizzo took the first pitch he saw from Wily Peralta out to left center for the solo shot. It was his only hit of the game. Rizzo finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Anthony Rizzo grabbing some pine Thursday against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been given the day off for the Thursday game at Colorado. His spot has been taken by Chris Valaika.

Rizzo has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, but has produced this season to the tune of a .281/.384/.506 stat line with 25 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo remains on roll with two-homer game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) A tremendous power display continued Tuesday night for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who snagged the National League lead in home runs by adding two to his total.

Rizzo, who has 25 on the season, slugged solo blasts in the third and seventh innings. He has five home runs and six RBI in the last four games. He has also raised his batting average from .272 to .283 with 15 hits in his last 40 at-bats.