By Jose M. Romero
PHOENIX The highly anticipated callup of Cubs top prospect Anthony Rizzo wont happen in the next few days, and not in Arizona, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Fridays game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Sveum wouldnt give any kind of timetable on the arrival of Rizzo, who is raking down at Class AAA Iowa, batting .350 with 23 home runs, 17 doubles and 59 RBI.
Asked if Rizzo, a first baseman, could be in pinstripes during the next homestand, which starts Monday, Sveum remained non-committal.
I dont know if theres a date on it, Sveum said. Its obvious hes coming soon but we dont have a date yet.
The Cubs are already making adjustments in their lineup in preparation for Rizzos grand arrival. First baseman-turned right fielder Bryan LaHair was out of the starting lineup in favor of Reed Johnson, as the Cubs were facing a left-hander in the Diamondbacks Joe Saunders. Joe Mather got the call in center field, though that spot is now the property of David DeJesus, who moved over from right field in another accommodating move to make way for Rizzo.
The Cubs appear to be going against a frequent pattern to ease their best minor-league prospects into the majors by bringing them up while the team is away from Wrigley Field.