Piniella to miss game with aching back

Updated: March 25, 2010, 2:08 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will not make the trip with the team to Tucson on Thursday to face the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a sore back.

The two-hour bus ride was determined to be too much for Piniella to handle.

Piniella was going to watch left-hander Tom Gorzellany in his final attempt to make the starting rotation out of spring training.

On Friday, Piniella and the Cubs will announce their rotation for the beginning of the 2010 season.

Bench coach Alan Trammell will replace Piniella in the dugout.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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