From the Wire … Anthony Rizzo to make Cubs Debut on Tuesday

According to multiple reports, Anthony Rizzo will be activated prior to Tuesday’s game and make his Cubs debut on Tuesday night against the New York Mets. Rizzo was pulled in the fourth inning of Monday’s game after his second at bat (0-for-2).

Anthony Rizzo is on the Cubs 40-man roster and the Cubs will announce the corresponding 25-man roster move on Tuesday.

Anthony Rizzo will fly to Chicago on Monday night and be at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Rizzo is expected to be in the starting lineup against right-hander Dillon Gee.

The I-Cubs play-by-play team caught up with Anthony Rizzo in the clubhouse shortly after he found out he had been called up. Rizzo said he could not avoid all of the news and rumors about a possible call-up. Rizzo admitted he dd not know for sure he was going to be called-up until he was pulled. He added that he felt a sense of relief with the call-up and said he will miss all of his teammates and coaching staff. Rizzo hit a deep fly that the wind caught and held in the park in his last at bat. He said he was glad he squared the last one up because he hadn’t been hitting well over the last few games.

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  • Tony_Hall

    I am looking forward to watching Rizzo play. I am not expecting him to put up the play station numbers he has in Iowa, but to be a productive player, who needs to continue to develop, now at the major league level.

    • chadaudio

      Totally agree Tony.

      I don’t expect an All-Star performance his first season up with us… but I will enjoy seeing him at first instead of Baker.

      • paulcatanese

        Sad for Marlon Byrd,as a health advocate to be suspended for drugs.

        • Tony_Hall

          This is unfortunate, but as Aaron pointed out, look who he was hanging around.

        • ChadAudio

          Yeah. It’s just embarrassing. I liked Marlon, but I’m glad he isn’t a Cub right now… glad we don’t have to deal with this press on top of everything else.

          He disappoints me.

  • ldsteam

    Yeah, about time. I think “From the wire” will be a common title in the coming weeks on this site. I can’t wait to just blow this team up. Start fresh!

  • BosephHeyden

    Their outfield should probably be Soriano/DeJesus/LaHair (build up their trade value), and they should showcase Reed Johnson off the bench, since any team that will trade for him is likely going to be using him like that anyways.

    • ChadAudio

      So, any guesses on who gets taken off the 25 man? I guess they should send Cardenas back down if they aren’t going to play him (even though I’d rather see him for a while instead of Barney).

      The other option is cutting Baker or Mather. I don’t think they are going to sit Rizzo against lefties, so, that leaves 3B as the place to play either Baker or Mather in the LHP platoon. I think they’d cut Baker before Mather… we’ll have to see I guess.

      • Zonk

        Cardenas makes the most sense to me, though I could see Baker DFA’ed. I think they’ll keep Mather.
        I think Cardenas has to clear waivers to be sent down, that could play a factor as well…….Baker is likely to get through that process, Cardenas might be picked-up by someone. Then again, he hasn’t exactly killed it up here, so he might get through anyway.

        • ChadAudio

          I bet you’re right Zonk. We have a lot of left handed bats now… I could see Cardenas go, but I think I’d rather see Baker go instead.

    • Zonk

      Cubs were clearly playing LaHair the last week to get both him and Rizzo in the lineup. From what I saw, LaHair wasn’t bad out there, bettter than I thought he would be actually, but I didn’t see every game.
      Reed Johnson will play vs. all LHP, with LaHair on the bench.
      Campana probably is a 5th OF/PR at this point, which is probably where he belongs

  • paulcatanese

    Glad he is on his way to the Cubs. It will be interesting to watch as he is one of the more meaningful moves that the Cubs,Theo, have made since the change. How it works out will go a long way for the Cubs “rebuilding”.
    I wish him well, and hope he has a long career on the north side of Chicago.
    First base for the Cubs has always produced favorites for the Cubs and I think he will add to that list.

    • ChadAudio

      Good point Paul.. Let’s hope we can put him up there with Grace, Palmero, McGriff, and Lee (among others).

  • http://www.facebook.com/steveartist Steve Baier

    Looking forward to seeing him play when I’m at Wrigley on Friday. Hope he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself.

    As to the corresponding move, here’s 8 words I’d like to hear: Jeff Baker and Joe Mather Designated for Assignment.

    • cubtex

      Finally something to make me watch the Cubs again. I would like them to bring up Vitters soon as well and try and build an infield that could play together for several years. Vitters,Castro and Rizzo could be 3/4 of that puzzle. I don’t really want to trade with the Cardinals but if they do deal Garza to them…..how would Kolten Wong look next to those 3? Vitters,Castro,Wong and Rizzo. Not too shabby!

      • Aaron

        Wong? Not very good if you ask me. At 5’9″ (yeah, right?…Fontenot was listed at that, and was more like 5’6″) Do the Cubs really need another pint-sized middle infielder? The Cardinals don’t have much to offer.

        I agree with you on Vitters though. He’s a FAR better prospect than B. Jackson right now, who just went 0-4 and struck out 2 more times. Maybe before the season, I could’ve seen why they ranked Jackson ahead, but even so, Vitters hit 14 bombs and had 81 RBI. Jackson’s never had a season like that

        • cubtex

          Have you seen Wong play? Dude can hit……and he has done nothing but hit since he has been with the Cardinal organization. He has some pop too….can steal a base….and is a decent glove. Take a look at his numbers.

          • Aaron

            i did….not impressed…if he was hitting.310+ in AA then I’d take notice but research I’ve done suggests contact hitting types need to be above that to have MLB success

  • Aaron

    Neil,

    So who goes?

    I think you and I are of the same opinion that Jeff Baker needs to go.

    My guess is that they’ll take the easy route, and send Cardenas down (which I believe is the WRONG move, because in pretty much a pinch hitter only role, he’s done fairly well, and you have to believe if he gets more AB’s, he’d produce better than Barney has).

    From my perspective, the roster at the end of July needs to be:
    Samardzija
    T. Wood
    Rusin
    *pitcher acquired
    *pitcher acquired

    Russell
    Dolis
    Batista
    Rhoderick
    Beliveau
    Cabrera
    Harris or Weathers (they need to get something out of the LeMahieu/Colvin trade)

    C-Castillo, Clevenger
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Lake, Cardenas
    SS-Castro
    3B-Vitters, Valbuena
    OF-Jackson, Campana, LaHair, Wright, Mather (also IF)

    • CubsChatter

      Poll Question of the Day….

      Who was your favorite Cubs first basemen?

      A – Thornton…..traded him for Steve Renko
      B – Biittner………had doughnut shop on NW side
      C – LaCock…….son of game show host Jim Marshall
      D – Buckner……a real ball player
      E – Durham…….a real cry baby
      F – Palmeiro……one of Cindy’s favorites
      G – Grace………The ladies man of Wrigleyville
      H – McGriff……..The Crime Dog…and played like one
      I – Lee…………..after the wist injury, it was all down hill
      J – Pena………..nice guy in the clubhouse, but couldn’t hit
      K – LaHair………The player before Rizzo took over at first.

      • Cubfansince cable

        Mark Grace – no doubt.

        • John_CC

          Easy. Hands down.

      • John G

        Anyone with a last name like LaCock had to be popular in Wrigleyville.

        • John G

          Will his official nickname be Ratzo?

      • Ripsnorter1

        They all have this in common: while in a Chicago Cubs’ uniform, only one of them was a top tier offensive first baseman–Derek Lee, and him for two years only. Palmeiro was after he left.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I’m not Neil of course….but my two cents….

      Cardenas goes down. Can’t field, and needs the practice in basically every part of his game. They are paying Baker over $1 million already, and they want to get something in return, because if they released him, he’d be picked up by somebody.

      They COULD make a deal to clear up roster space, but I am not privy to any deals.

      • Aaron

        Nats supposedly looking at Derosa type to fill in at corners of IF and OF…he fits that description

      • paulcatanese

        Unfortunatly for me Rip, I have a sinking feeling it may be Campana that is moved down, as he does have at least one option left.
        Wouldnt like to see it as I am a big fan of his, but from the expression on his face last night (almost in tears) after striking out, he may know something that we dont.
        It’s especially bad for me as the outfield for the Cubs is really slow now and will miss his energy. Maybe not but just what I feel may happen.

        • Aaron

          Is that true about Campana? I didn’t see that. Perhaps they told him he’s going down prior to the AB…who knows?

          • paulcatanese

            Don’t know if its true or not, but as I mentioned the look on his face just struck me as a guy who was on the way out. Then again he may have been upset as the two guys behind him both got hits, and realized that if he had a legitimate rally would have been started.

          • Bredstik

            Supposedly there was something on MLB Tonight about Campana not being happy with his playing time.

        • Dwalker

          I am afraid your probably right. I love Campana’s energy on a boring team. Imagine the steals he would have with a full year of actual playing.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Paul, don’t worry about the options. Minor League options are counted in years not the amount of times the player goes back and forth. They used an option on Campana when he was sent down at the beginning of the season.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Paul,
          Don’t calculate the number of your juvenile poultry until the process of incubation has fully materialized.

          Having said that, I will admit that I think stupid runs knee deep in the front office.

    • John_CC

      You don’t seriously want to see Lake playing 2B for the Cubs in one month, do you?

      Hey, I love this guy, but all accounts are he is really bad infielder and a young, streaky hitter. Talk about ruining a player.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I think Cardenas is on the way down unless they have something in the works for Baker. I like what little I’ve seen of Cardenas at the plate but he is scary in the field. Really should be playing everyday working on his defense until a spot is open where he is not stuck on the end of a bench.

  • Tony_Hall

    As far as the roster spot goes, I am expecting a trade to happen after tonight’s game and prior to Rizzo being activated. They know the market for some of their “role” players and should pull the trigger on one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

    So where do you think he gets slotted into the batting order. Id hope they dont bounce him around too much, maybe hit him 5th or 6th to start then move him up with success. Id just hate to see him start off in the 3 or 4 hole and struggle and get bounced around. Any thoughts?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sveum said Rizzo would hit third or fourth, Soriano would like for Rizzo to hit behind him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Thanks Neil

      • paulcatanese

        I think it’s a smart move to play Rizzo every day L or R pitcher,he has done it in the minors.
        Only the grizzled vets should be relegated to the platoon system, they can handle the days off in between better than the kids still trying to get their feet wet.
        It’s my belief that once they start doing that with younger players they are stuck with it, and more often than not don’t do either well.

  • CubsChatter

    Marlon Byrd on PEDS….50 games.

    • John_CC

      I keep saying this, but you seriously need to move to Twitter! This is old news buddy.

      • cubtex

        Seriously dude. Give it a rest attacking everyone! Just post what you want and ignore the attacks!

  • Zonk

    The Hardball Times has a paragraph on the Cubs in this article:
    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/state-of-the-nl-central-june-25-2012/
    Unfortunately, it’s going to be awhile until we don’t suck

  • Zonk

    The divergence in prospect stock continues:
    Vitters: 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, now batting .291
    B-Jax: 0 for 3, Strikeouts #106 and 107

  • paulcatanese

    The next project for the Cubs has to be third base, it has to be.
    Stewart has not lived up to what was expected from him, and I
    dont think Valbuena is the answer either.
    Saw a blurb on MLB that Chase Headly may be available, but at a hefty exchange, so I don’t know if thats an option or not for the Cubs.

    • Zonk

      Don’t you think the Cubs will give Vitters a shot first?

    • Tony_Hall

      I would much rather see Vitters get a couple months of experience this year, and then if needed, he can go back to Iowa to start next year and be called up in June/July like Rizzo.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Id definitely like to see Vitters for the next few months too, as well as he adjusts to each level he may struggle to start but by seasons end I think things will start to come around for him and set him up well for the start of next season.

    • Aaron

      Paul, I agree with Zonk…I think the Cubs should give Vitters a shot. This is the quickest adjustment to a level I’ve seen him make thus far, and that, in and of itself should be encouraging. Vitters has a line of .291/.341/.493, 18 doubles, 12 hr, 39 RBI, 16 walks vs 44 K’s

      I’m thinking he has his first 20+hr season, and the dude rarely strikes out, so for the life of me, I can’t figure out why he’s not ranked higher than he is, especially with such lackluster options like Stewart, Valbuena, Baker, Mather, etc. already on the roster

      It’s time for an organizational shift in philosophy, which I truly hoped would happen with this new regime, but hasn’t yet…

      If veterans aren’t cutting it, and if ownership is willing to eat salary for underperforming players like Zambrano and Byrd (though Z was more for psych issues), then it’s about time they continue the purge with Soriano, Johnson, Baker, Soto, etc. Only; Soriano would hurt the team both in terms of production and salary, but letting go of the others would allow the Cubs to get younger, and have a better feel for the guys they do have, and might want to build around.

      • Zonk

        To be fair, the development of Vitters is a pleasant surprise. He didn’t overwhelm at AA last year, and Cubs were considering move to OF, where his bat would profile to be very mediocre.
        But to his credit, he’s making contact, and showing the type of bat speed that made him #3 pick. He still doesn’t look like he’ll have an all-star type ceiling, but major – league starter would be an improvement over last year’s outlook.

      • paulcatanese

        That’s cool Aaron,I can go along with that, I always prefer the kids anyway. All I do know is they need help there, and if Vitters can do the job, great.

  • matthew8510

    looks like the 2 stooges are in the lineup today