By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Cubs will be without first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Saturday. He remains hampered by a back injury.
While the team does not believe this is a serious matter, the Cubs elected to give him some time to rest. By doing so, they are hoping he does not risk further injury.
Chicago will starter Victor Caratini in his place. He’ll also bat sixth against the Milwaukee Brewers and starter Zach Davies.
Rizzo was scratched from Friday’s lineup due to what the Cubs described as back tightness. He has battled back problems over the past several seasons.
However, when this has happened, he has not missed more than two games. He is considered day-to-day.
He last played on April 5th against the Brewers. He went 0-for-5 in the contest, including a strikeout.
Through six games this season, which the 28-year-old has started, he has .107 batting average with just three hits in 28 at-bats. He also has one home run and three RBIs.
The 24-year-old Caratini, whose main position is catcher, has appeared in four games this season. He has .091 batting average with one hit through 11 games.
He has an RBI and a run scored along with three strikeouts and a walk.
Besides Rizzo, the Cubs will also be without starting shortstop Addison Russell, who will also miss the game. Javier Báez will replace him, as Tommy La Stella will start a second base.
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