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Still no timetable for Rizzo's arrival

The Sports Xchange
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Cubs fans making the trek to Arizona or tuning in to see the call-up of first base prospect Anthony Rizzo were sorely disappointed Friday.

Not only did the Cubs lose 6-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the club did not call up Rizzo from Class AAA Iowa.

Speculation has been rampant that the Cubs would bring up the 22-year-old phenom, in part because the Cubs were far away from the media horde that would be waiting in Chicago.

But no dice.

"Not in the next few days, I know that, not here," manager Dale Sveum said in his media session before Friday's series opener in the desert. "But like I said, it's obviously coming soon."

Sveum and other members of the Cubs brass have talked about and around the Rizzo question for several weeks. The manager went so far in the interleague series against the White Sox earlier in the week to move first baseman Bryan LaHair to right field to see how LaHair would perform in a defensive alignment with Rizzo in it.

But the Cubs also have said they won't rush Rizzo, as general manager Jed Hoyer admitted he did last year when both he and Rizzo were with the Padres. The Cubs return home Monday for their final homestand before the All-Star break. Will Rizzo show up then?

"I don't know if there's a date on it," Sveum said. "We just don't have a date yet."

Rizzo, 22, is hitting .355/.416/.722 with 23 homers and 62 RBI in 67 games for Iowa this season. He appeared in 49 major league games for San Diego last year, hitting .141/.281/.242 with one homer and nine RBI.

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