Updated: June 26, 2012 7:44PM
First baseman Anthony Rizzo will bat third and wear No. 44 when he makes his highy anticipated Cubs’ debut Tuesday night against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.
To make room on the roster for Rizzo, the Cubs optioned infielder Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa.
The 22-year-old Rizzo joins the Cubs after batting .342 (88-for-257) with 18 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 62 RBI in 70 games with Iowa this season. He posted a .405 on-base percentage and a .696 slugging percentage, good for a 1.101 OPS.
Rizzo ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (first), OPS (first), total bases (first with 179), slugging percentage (first), RBI (third), batting average (sixth) and on-base percentage (ninth).