San Diego is opening a six-game road trip. With right fielder Will Venable optioned to Class AAA Tucson, the Padres could move now hot-hitting first baseman Brad Hawpe to his natural position of right field. Rizzo would help shore up the Padres' defense, and with Hawpe and Ryan Ludwick hitting, little offensive pressure would fall on Rizzo.
Rizzo, 21, is hitting .366 with a .446 on-base percentage, a .717 slugging percentage, 14 homers and 56 RBI through 43 games for Tucson. He ranks eighth in the Pacific Coast League in batting, second in homers and first in RBI.
But Padres general manager Jed Hoyer says the time is still not right. For one, Rizzo has a bruised hand and thumb on his left hand.
"There is still some development (to be done)," Hoyer said. "When he gets here, he is not going to go back down. And we're not going to bring him up as the remedy for the offense. The timing and situation has to be right."
Rizzo was acquired by the Padres in the December deal that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox.
Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.