Cubs let Rizzo sit back and relax for a day

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.