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Rizzo, Blanks trade places in Padre organization

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The Padres' "first baseman of the future" lasted 35 games in the majors.

Now the team is ready to give another player a shot at the position.

The Padres optioned 21-year-old Anthony Rizzo back to Class AAA Tucson on Thursday night after completing a three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 5-3 win at Florida.

First baseman/left fielder Kyle Blanks, 24, was promoted from Tucson.

Rizzo was batting .143 with seven doubles, one home run and six RBI. He had gone 1-for-25 with 10 strikeouts since July 6. His last extra-base hit was a double on July 4, and his last RBI came on July 5. He had 36 strikeouts in 98 at-bats with the Padres.

After getting off to a 3-for-7 start with the Padres with four walks in his first three starts, Rizzo went 11-for-91 (.121) with 11 walks.

Rizzo was promoted to the Padres on June 9. At the time he was batting .365 with Tucson with 16 home runs and 63 RBI, leading the Pacific Coast League in RBI and in the top three in average and home runs.

Blanks was hitting .312 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI between Class AA San Antonio and Tucson this season. He was batting .157 with three home runs and 15 RBI with the Padres last season when his season ended in early May because to elbow reconstruction surgery.

He was hitting .205 with 15 strikeouts in his last 39 at-bats with Tucson when he was recalled.

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