If you watched the Cubs on Monday or looked at the box score today you noticed Ryan LaHair in right field. That was not a mistake, as manager Dale Sveum notified LaHair that he would be playing right field for the foreseeable future.
That move occasioned one immediate move as RF David DeJesus moves to CF and Tony Campana et al find room on the bench. We will have to wait for the other shoe to drop but really the date it will happen is the only thing in question. The Cubs are expected to call up 1B Anthony Rizzo at some point this week or next.
Rizzo is batting .364 with 23 home runs for Triple-A Iowa in the Pacific Coast League. And while GM Theo Epstein says the Cubs are sticking to their “plan” for Rizzo, he doesn’t say what that plan is/was or absolutely say the young power hitting Rizzo, whom he knew as a Red Sox prospect when both were in the Boston organization, is close to a call-up. Full circle got Rizzo traded to San Diego last year and then from San Diego to Chicago this year where he was re-united with Epstein as his GM.
So along with Rizzo, we wait. Meanwhile, fantasy players are either trying to trade for Rizzo or figuring out how much FAAB to bid on him whenever the young slugger arrives.