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Anthony Rizzo pulled from game with sore wrist

May 27, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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10:05 p.m. EDT update: Nope, no promotion. Rizzo left Triple-A Iowa’s game with a sore right wrist, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney.

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The Cubs could be ready to pull the trigger on a big move following a humiliating sweep at the hands of the Pirates. CSNChicago.com states that Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Triple-A Iowa’s game Sunday for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, and no injury was reported.

Of course, this being a minor league game, Rizzo could still be injured and no one is willing to say quite yet. Or it could even be a punitive benching.

One thing is for sure: the Cubs, losers of 12 in a row, are in desperate need of a lift. And Rizzo would seem to be the obvious candidate to provide it. The 22-year-old has hit .354/.416/.713 with 17 homers and 44 RBI in 178 at-bats for Iowa this season.

A Rizzo promotion would likely put Bryan LaHair in left field, turning Alfonso Soriano into a very expensive and likely unhappy fourth outfielder.

Still, this might be much ado about nothing. A source told David Kaplan that the Cubs still aren’t quite ready to make the Rizzo move yet.

  1. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    He was trash last year when called up, still strikes out at a high rate at AAA plus I dropped him in fantasy 2 weeks ago …. I hope he struggles…

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - May 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      . Just cuz you were an idiot enough to draft a AAA player to your fantasy team doesn’t mean that you should wish he struggles. He’ll make more money in one year that you will in ten. Asshole.

    • pkers - May 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      He was 21/22 years old last year. No shame in having struggles at the Major League level when you’re that young. As for his strike out rate, it’s actually down this year from the low 20′s over his career in the minors to the high teens. His low walk rate is a little worrisome (only 8.8% this year) but if he continues to make good contact, it should be ok.
      Plus, he’ll be spending half his games in the Majors at the friendly confines of Wrigley as opposed to the spacious caverns of Petco- that should help him some.
      Of course, he could turn out to be the second coming of Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta.

  2. florida76 - May 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Have to disagree with the characterization of “humiliating” regarding the sweep of the Cubs by the third place Pirates. This isn’t 2010 anymore, and the Bucs have one of the best team ERAs in the NL. Plus, the Pirates have a superior record than both Milwaukee and Arizona. Actually, despite woeful hitting, the Bucs are only three games out of the playoffs at this early point in the season.

    Throw in the fact the Cubs had a long losing streak entering this series at PNC Park, and a sweep wasn’t improbable at all.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      The sweep in itself wasn’t humiliating. Today was though. First time all season the Pirates have scored 10 runs.

    • jlovenotjlo - May 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Also, a walk-off HBP usually registers pretty high in the humiliation department

  3. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Woah, calm down cubbies fan … And I picked him up in fantasy because it’s a 18 team league .. Prospects are golden …..

  4. tjg25 - May 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Boy are scrub fans the definition of douche bags or what?

  5. xaf605 - May 28, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Yea or what?

  6. btwicey - May 28, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    So wait, you dropped rizzo on your fantasy team so you hope he fails as a player? That’s incredibly sad brother…

  7. sbrowncreative - May 28, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Not all cubs fans are douchebags. Don’t of us are just drunks. Who can blame us?

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