Anthony Rizzo doesn't expect his back tightness to keep him out much longer.
Though he said Tuesday morning on ESPN 1000 that he's still "a little restricted" in his movements - meaning he's likely out Tuesday against the Mets - he's feeling much better than he did a few days ago.
"It's calmed down a lot," Rizzo said, "So hoping today when I go in we work on it, dig on it and activate it. Hopefully it kind of flushes out. Usually with stuff like this it's a few days then right back to normal."
Rizzo, who sat on Sunday against the Washington Nationals, also missed four games in May with a similar back ailment. The Cubs recalled David Bote in the wake of Rizzo's back tightness while placing reliever Derek Holland on the IL.
The Cubs enter their three-game road series against the New York Mets trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by 3.0 games in the NL Central. Joe Maddon's group currently is holding on to the second Wild Card spot, 1.0 game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and 2.0 games ahead of the Mets.