According to the skipper, Rizzo is feeling better, and is on track to return to the team Monday when he is eligible to be taken off the disabled list.
“He’s doing really well,” he said. “I think he could play today if it was necessary and there weren’t the restrictions of the DL.”
Rizzo had been placed on the disabled list earlier this week, retroactively to April 6. That means he will be eligible to return to the lineup Monday when the Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo has been out of the mix with back tightness, and missed the final three games of the Cubs’ series against the Milwaukee Brewers before being placed on the DL.
Before Rizzo can come back, the Cubs will play a three game series against the Atlanta Braves beginning on Friday afternoon at the Friendly Confines. Albert Almora Jr. was a late scratch, and Ian Happ will lead off in his place.