Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, perhaps the only 30-year-old in spring training or Summer Camp history to be able to claim he showed up in the best shape of his life, took Tuesday’s workout and scrimmage off because of lower back tightness.
Rizzo has typically dealt with back tightness annually for a few games each season.
The difference this time is that the three-time All-Star worked out with a personal trainer during baseball’s shutdown and lost 25 pounds in the past three months, dropping a uniform size and drawing raves from teammates and team officials.
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His status is to be evaluated again Wednesday morning.
During Tuesday's three-inning sim game, Willson Contreras homered off Craig Kimbrel in the first inning as the Cubs defeated the Cubs by what is believed to be a 2-0 score.