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The Cubs aren’t calling up Anthony Rizzo this weekend

Jun 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Anthony Rizzo could be promoted any day now, as it’s believed the Cubs have waited long enough to delay his free agency until after the 2018 season, but he won’t be called up this weekend.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed as much in comments to Jose M. Romero of CSNChicago.com yesterday and was non-committal when asked whether the 22-year-old first baseman would join the team when they return home Monday to face the Mets.

“I don’t know if there’s a date on it,” Sveum said. “It’s obvious he’s coming soon but we don’t have a date yet.”

Meanwhile, Rizzo continues to rake with Triple-A Iowa. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI last night and is hitting .355/.416/.722 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.138 OPS through 67 games. Bryan LaHair is expected to make the move to right field upon Rizzo’s arrival.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see how he does the second time around. He was terrible with San Diego (for part of one season), but oftentimes it takes the second go-round and some more minor league seasoning for a player to blossom. Rizzo definitely has gobs of talent.

  2. gmsingh - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Does Theo Epstein have money down in Vegas on how many games the Cubbies will finish under .500 this year?

  3. bleacherman - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    The Cubs are doing everything possible to make sure they are the worst team in baseball. Whatever Epstein’s long range plans are, show the fans that you actually care about 2012 and 2013. If you’re going to gut the team before trade deadline then get rid of all of the dead unproductive weight. Start with Sosa and Marmol and Stewart and…gosh I can go on and on and on…

    • brewcitybummer - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      He doesn’t care about 2012 and 2013, that’s kindof the point. And no matter how bad it gets nobody who curses management in 2012 and 2013 will stay away from the party if the cubbies are in the NLCS in 2015.

      • bleacherman - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        I’m not so sure but I won’t argue. All I can say is that I am seeing a small but still a decrease in daily attendance. Maybe it is a sign, a small sign but…

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