The Cubs starting lineup is down two key contributors for Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers.
Kris Bryant (right side soreness) and Anthony Rizzo (back tightness) are each are out of the lineup against Milwaukee ace Brandon Woodruff.
Bryant banged his side diving for a ball in the outfield over the weekend against Los Angeles, manager David Ross said. He banged it again on a diving stop while playing first base on Monday and woke up sore on Tuesday.
Rizzo missed Monday's series opener in Milwaukee, after leaving Sunday's game against the Dodgers early due to the ailment. But he woke up Tuesday feeling "much better," Ross said.
Rizzo told Ross the ailment isn't as bad as a few weeks ago, when he missed six games with back tightness, the Cubs manager added.
"That’s a good sign," Ross said. "He’s trying to make sure that he’s doing all the right things so that it gets out of there and not try and play through something."
Tuesday is as close to a must-win game in June for the Cubs. They’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games, and Monday’s loss dropped them to four games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central.