Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 2 Hrs

Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Saturday's game against the Reds because of back spasms.

"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo said. He is hoping to start on Sunday.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 1 Day

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Reds.

Rizzo's two knocks accounted for a third of the teams total against Alfredo Simon and company in this one. The 24-year-old has been on a tear at the plate during the first month of the season, slashing .345/.409/.517 with two homers and eight RBI.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 3 Days

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 in the Cubs' loss to the Yankees in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader.

The Cubs only collected three total hits in the game -- Junior Lake had the other one -- and they were all singles. Rizzo is batting .333/.397/.490 on the year.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 10 Days

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.

Rizzo had two singles and two doubles, boosting his average nearly 100 points. He has had at least two hits in each of his past four games. If he intends to keep the streak going on Thursday, he will have to do so against Gerrit Cole.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 19 Days

Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as the Cubs fell to the Pirates on Monday.

It was a forgettable 2014 debut for the Cubs' young first baseman, who looked lost against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano. Rizzo had a good spring and the Cubs are hoping he can take a big step forward in 2014.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 28 Days

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two RBI against the Reds on Saturday.

Rizzo is batting .368 this spring after the three-hit afternoon. What's more impressive is that all three of Rizzo's hits came against left-hander Tony Cingrani. Rizzo struggled through a down 2013, but he's a strong bounceback candidate this season.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 1 Month

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI against the Mets on Saturday.

Rizzo broke through for his first two bombs of Cactus League play, giving him six RBI on the spring. The first baseman is batting .417 and should have a good year after a disappointing 2013 season.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 7 Months

Anthony Rizzo belted his 23rd home run of the season in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Rizzo finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk. His solo shot off Edwin Mujica in the ninth inning finally got the Cubs on the scoreboard, but it was far too little too late to make a difference in the outcome of the game. The 24-year-old first baseman now sports a .233/.324/.419 slash line with 23 homers, 80 RBI and six stolen bases on the season.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 8 Months

Anthony Rizzo finished 1-for-3 with a walk, double and RBI in Sunday's win against the Phillies.

Not a bad start toward halting a disturbing streak: Rizzo's OPS has declined in every month this season (.846 in April, .807 in May, .745 in June, .701 in July and .667 in August). Despite the steady decline, the 24-year-old first baseman still ranks ninth in the National League with 21 homers and fourth with 67 walks. Batting .232, Rizzo is on pace for 25 homers, 75 runs and 85 RBI.

Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 8 Months

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 and hit his 21st homer Friday against the Phillies.

Rizzo needs another nice game tomorrow to avoid having his OPS slip for the fourth straight month. He came in at .846 in April, .807 in May, .745 in June and .701 in July. He entered today at .636 for August, but he raised that to .685 today.