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Rios scratched from Monday's lineup with back issue

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alex Rios missed a third straight day of Cactus League action Monday, getting scratched from the lineup before the Angels 11-5 victory because of continued lower back stiffness. The White Sox right fielder first felt something while lifting weights on Saturday, and he left the Camelback Ranch complex Monday morning to get it checked out by an MRI.

But Rios is not worried about the issue hampering his start to the 2013 regular season.

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"No, I don't think so. It's a thing that's going to take a few days," Rios said. "It will be fine. I've had this before in my career. It's just a normal [stiffness]."

Manager Robin Ventura wasn't worried about Rios' injury when addressing it postgame Sunday, mentioning that he would like to get him in a couple of games before leaving camp. With only three games left before the close of Cactus League play, that goal may not be possible.

"He's telling me not to worry but I think we're getting close enough that everything becomes a concern now," Ventura said. "We're treating it pretty aggressively and making sure he can get out there Wednesday just so he has a few games before we start."

Rios did get plenty of work taking part in the World Baseball Classic for three weeks as part of Team Puerto Rico, who lost to the Dominican Republic in the competition's championship.

"I'll probably need to do a little maintenance now and then, but I feel I've got a lot of work done during spring," said Rios, who had his best season as a pro in 2012, hitting .304 with 25 homers, 91 RBIs, 37 doubles and 23 stolen bases. "I've had this before and I know the feeling, so I don't think there's anything we have to worry about."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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