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Padres officially promote Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues

Jun 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

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As expected, the Padres have promoted top prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson and written his name into the starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Nationals.

Rizzo is batting seventh in his major league debut.

The 21-year-old first baseman forced his way to the majors at a far quicker pace than expected by batting .365/.444/.715 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI over 52 games this season at Triple-A.

Padres manager Bud Black confirmed to reporters Thursday that Rizzo will serve as the team’s primary first baseman going forward. Convinced that he has the goods offensively, they didn’t want to ease him in.

The Padres optioned outfielder Aaron Cunningham to Triple-A Tucson to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. Eric Patterson was also designated for assignment with Will Venable returning to the major leagues.

  1. Glenn - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    I hope Rizzo helps take the sting away from having to deal Gonzalez. I say this as a Red Sox fan who was looking forward to seeing Rizzo at Fenway some day.

  2. micker716 - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    I’m more surprised about the Venable call-up buried in there. Glad they decided to cut ties with Patterson. He could run, but looked lost wherever he played.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    I cannot help but think of Frank Rizzo, of Jerky Boys fame, everytime I see Rizzo’s name mentioned these days.

    /old, pre-Internet reference

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