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Rizzo could miss rest of season

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(AP) — Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be done for the rest of the season because of a strained lower back that was discovered through an MRI on Tuesday.

Rizzo was hurt on Aug. 26 and has been out of the lineup for a week. The 25-year-old All-Star is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Also in the majors:

— New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen session this week, the next step for the injured right-hander as he tries to overcome a recent setback. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka threw well Tuesday, and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad diagnosed the right-hander with arm fatigue. Tanaka is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

— Michael Wacha will return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation Thursday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, although manager Mike Matheny will limit him to around 60 pitches. Wacha was 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts this season before landing on the 15-day disabled list in June with a right shoulder stress reaction.

— Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez will be out of the lineup at least a week because of a sprained left wrist suffered in Sunday’s loss at San Francisco. The Brewers say Gomez isn’t going on the disabled list, although manager Ron Roenicke admits the injury could potentially keep Gomez out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.

 

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