Rizzo gets day off; Adam hopes for quick recovery

Updated 6/22/2021 8:23 PM

The Cubs don't have any iron men on the roster. Kris Bryant leads the team with 68 games played out of 74.

Anthony Rizzo is next on the list, but got the night off Tuesday as Bryant started at first base.


"He's been going pretty hard," Cubs manager David Ross said, "and gets back-to-back days with the off-day tomorrow. I've penciled him in pretty regularly and was trying to find him an off-day at some point. It's always hard not having your star players there, but they need rest too."

The last Cubs player to appear in all 162 games was Starlin Castro in 2012.

"Sure, I'd love Rizzo to play 162, and he'd probably like to if his body can handle it," Ross said. "We've got to find moments to rest guys. If it was August or September, and we're on that push, we'd probably pencil him in there with an off-day the next day. But giving him two days allows me to ride him for a longer stretch at another point in the season."

Adam hopes to return

Former Cubs pitcher Jason Adam suffered a compound fracture of his left ankle while a member of the Iowa Cubs on May 21. He told the Des Moines Register that doctors think he can be back on the mound this year.

Adam was shagging fly balls during batting practice when he jumped to make a catch and landed awkwardly. Patrick Wisdom and Kohl Stewart were among the players who rushed to his aid and saw the bone sticking out of Adams' ankle.

"I was ready to tell the EMTs, 'Listen, don't risk my life, if I'm going to lose my foot, just chop it off, like no worries, I won't hold it against you,'" Adam told the Register.

Fortunately that didn't happen. Adam is still in a walking boot, but able to do some light throwing. He pitched in nine games for the Cubs early this season, but is currently a free agent, having been released after the injury.


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