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Anthony Rizzo: 'It's a shame'

MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo says some players aren't happy with the latest delay in the Wrigley Field renovation project.

"They told us again that we were going to get approved and we didn't get approved, so a lot of guys are not happy about that," Rizzo said Friday before the Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers. "It's a shame. ... It's kind of a bummer because we all thought it was going to happen, now it's wait-and-see like everyone else."

Recently, the Cubs unveiled a new, more extensive Wrigley rehab project that would enlarge the home clubhouse and put the bullpens underneath the bleachers. The new plans need approval from the city, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday they need more time to look over the changes. It means it probably won't go before a meeting next week with the city's Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

"It's not my job to do it," Rizzo said. "We all want it. When guys are promised things are going to happen and they don't happen they're not happy about it.

"When it gets done it's going to be great. Now it's kind of 'when it gets done it gets done' ... we're not going to have our hopes up."

Other players, such as pitcher Jeff Samardzija, say it isn't a daily topic but only because the storyline could be getting old for them.

"It's been numbed a little bit over the last few years," Samardzija said. "We're kind of spectators like everyone else. When it gets done it gets done."

The Cubs expect to start construction on an expanded clubhouse in July after talks with neighborhood rooftop owners about a scaled-down project broke down. The team decided to return to its original expansion plan -- but now that needs approval.

"It all looks really good," Rizzo said of renderings. "Everyone is really excited about it. It's about preserving Wrigley as much as we can. On the players' side, with the new clubhouse, it's going to be, if not the best in the game, one of the best."

Added Samardzija: "Hopefully the city approves it. For you to enjoy it, it has to get done."

Either way, Rizzo doesn't believe a rehabbed Wrigley Field -- or lack thereof -- is holding the team back.

"At the end of the day you come to the park and prepare to do your best and be ready to play," he said. "I don't know if it stops guys from signing here."