Prospect Anthony Rizzo to see specialist
SAN DIEGO -- Prized prospect Anthony Rizzo will be in San Diego on Wednesday to have his left thumb examined by a specialist, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday night.
Hoyer wouldn't say if Rizzo will remain in San Diego to join the big league club, although indications are that the slugging Triple-A first baseman will make his big league debut within days.
Rizzo, who is tearing up the Pacific Coast League with Tucson, injured his left thumb May 31 when he collided with an umpire. He sat out the following two games, played three games and then sat out Monday and Tuesday.
Rizzo told the Arizona Daily Star that an MRI exam on Tuesday was negative.
"I guess with today off and tomorrow off, I'll get it checked out tomorrow," he told the paper. "Got the MRI today. It showed up negative. So, we're just going to be careful, with the doctor in San Diego and check it all out.
"There's no structural damage," he added. "It's just swollen. It's a bruise just like we said all along. It's like 100 percent better from the last time I played."
Rizzo is batting .365 with a .715 slugging percentage, .444 on-base percentage, 16 homers and 63 RBIs.
The Padres continued to lay the groundwork for Rizzo's promotion. Brad Hawpe, the opening day starter at first base, started in right field for the second straight night for the last-place Padres.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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