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Anthony Rizzo set for highly anticipated Cubs’ debut on Tuesday

Cubs first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo will make his highly anticipated debut for Cubs Tuesday against Mets.  | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Cubs first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo will make his highly anticipated debut for the Cubs on Tuesday against the Mets. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 25, 2012 4:39PM



During spring training, Anthony Rizzo didn’t appreciate being told that manager Dale Sveum said, ``It’s a concrete plan to let Rizzo have another season in Triple-A instead of moving him up and down.’’

Said Rizzo on the day in March he got optioned to AAA Iowa: ``If that’s concrete, I want to know who laid that down. Nothing’s concrete in this business.’’

Turns out he was right.

The Cubs’ top prospect, whose promotion to the big leagues has been anticipated for more than a month, was removed from Iowa’s game Monday in the fourth inning, and the Cubs plan to have him in Chicago Tuesday to face New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.

Rizzo, 22, presumably finishes his Iowa season with a .342 average, 23 home runs and 62 RBIs in 70 games.

The lefty slugger spent 49 games in the big leagues with San Diego last season, struggling in his 128-at-bat debut to hit .141 with one homer.

One adjustment the Cubs had him make this season after acquiring him in an off-season trade for Andrew Cashner was to lower his hands before he swings, putting him in hitting position quicker.

Both Sveum and team president Theo Epstein said that’s been a big difference maker this season.



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