Back spasms end Rizzo's day early


CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with back spasms, but the issue isn’t believed to be serious.

Rizzo said his back tightened up on him after making a stretch for a high pickoff throw earlier in Saturday’s game.

Mike Olt moved from third base to first base to cover for Rizzo, and Luis Valbuena took over at third base.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he would wait until the morning to see if Rizzo will be able to play in Sunday’s series finale against the Reds.

“We’ll see,” Rizzo said. “I expect to wake up a little sore tomorrow, but nothing really (serious) to keep me out of the lineup.”