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Padres’ Anthony Rizzo is back in the big leagues

Sep 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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The Padres promoted top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues on June 9 after watching the young slugger open the season with a superb .365/.444/.715 batting line and 16 home runs over his first 52 games at Triple-A Tucson.

That production quickly flat-lined in San Diego. Rizzo batted just .143/.282/.265 during a six-week stay with the Padres before being demoted on July 21.

Now the Friars are giving him another go.

According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Rizzo was promoted to the major leagues this morning and will start at first base in Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies. He should see regular playing time down the stretch as the Padres look to get him primed for next season. If all goes well goes well, the 22-year-old will head into 2012 as the Opening Day first baseman.

Rizzo was acquired from the Red Sox last winter as part of San Diego’s haul for Adrian Gonzalez.

  1. pisano - Sep 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Another great trade by the cheap ass Padres. They give away A-Gone because they don’t want to pay him what he’s worth for five SUPPOSED Boston prospects. Talk about being hoodwinked! I’m surprised every team isn’t looking to get over on the Padres. They should have stayed in the old Pacific Coast league.

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