Anthony Rizzo sidelined again with back issues


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Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports
Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs will play a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at 2:05 pm CT on Friday afternoon.

However, Cubs star first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be missing his second straight game because of tightness in his lower back. He is listed day-to-day with the injury and the Cubs expect him to play on Saturday. Good job by the Cubs to take precautions on this injury so it doesn't become a lingering problem in the regular season.

Chris Dominguez will take his place at first base.

Rizzo batted .292 with 32 homers, 109 RBIs, and had an impressive .385 on-base percentage in 2016.

In other injury news, Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella is back in the lineup after battling a tight hamstring for the last few weeks.

Cubs batting lineup vs. Reds

1. Jason Heyward RF
2. Albert Almora CF
3. Jon Jay LF
4. Javier Baez SS
5. Eloy Jimenez DH
6. Jeimer Candelario 3B
7. Tommy La Stella 2B
8. Chris Dominguez 1B
9. Carlos Corporan C

Starting pitcher - Mike Montgomery

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