- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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Initial reports out of Iowa said the move was not injury related, but the Cubs later confirmed that the Rizzo was dealing with right wrist soreness.
Rizzo had been replaced by pinch hitter Nate Samson. He then left the dugout and went straight into the clubhouse.
Speculation that Rizzo was going to be recalled ran rampant on Twitter. The Cubs’ own media relations department got word to media members to clarify the situation.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum suggested during the Cubs last homestand that Rizzo could be called on to help when the club begins the road portion of their interleague schedule and a designated hitter is utilized.
It isn’t known if the injury would alter those plans. The Cubs begin a three-game series at Minnesota on June 8. They also have a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field that begins July 18.
Rizzo leaves game only to fuel rumors that he was called up to the Cubs.