Cubs let Rizzo sit back and relax for a day

August, 19, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo got his first chance to sit back and watch Sunday as he was out of the lineup for the first time since being called up to the major leagues June 26.

Since a four-hit game on Monday against the Houston Astros, Rizzo has gone 4-for-23, including a 1-for-9 combined day during Saturday’s doubleheader.

“It’s just time,” manager Dale Sveum said before the finale of a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. “You see a little bit of frustration going on and stuff so it’s letting him, for the first time, kick back, take a breather and be ready for the Milwaukee series.”

The Cubs open a three-game series at Milwaukee on Monday and Rizzo is expected back for each one of those games.

Rizzo is batting .290 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in the 46 big league games he has played this season. He has just one home run in August, though, and only one other extra-base hit during the month, a double.

Bryan LaHair started at first base Monday, his first game there since the day before Rizzo was recalled.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 72
RA. Rizzo 82
OPSA. Rizzo .896
WJ. Arrieta 9
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 157