Anthony Rizzo Injury Creates Firestorm

Mar 13, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) during an at bat in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

For a brief moment in time on Sunday night, Cubs fans had thought they had gotten their wish. No, the Cubs were not close to winning a game. This glimmer of hope came after the Pittsburgh Pirates extended the Chicago Cubs losing streak to 12 consecutive games.

The only hope that Cubs fans have resides on the shoulders of Iowa Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

On Sunday night, twitter was ablaze as Cubs fans had finally thought that their hope for Rizzo promotion to the Major League level had finally come to fruition. During the Iowa Cubs game on Sunday, Rizzo left the game during the sixth inning. The Iowa Cubs official twitter handle tweeted that Rizzo left the dugout and entered the clubhouse. In a following tweet, the Iowa Cubs twitter feed posted that Rizzo’s departure did not appear to be the result of an injury.

That is what sent Cubs fans into a whirlwind of excitement. As the man that Cubs fans have been clamoring for since January will finally be playing at Wrigley Fields. The excitement was short-lived however.

The Cubs were quick to get ahead of the rumors and announced that the reason that Rizzo left the Iowa Cubs game on Sunday was because the first baseman suffered an injury to his left wrist. The injury does not appear to be serious and the Iowa Cubs list Rizzo as day to day.

One would have to wonder how this affects Rizzo’s potential call-up date. As things stand now, in order for the Cubs to have another year of control over Rizzo. the team would have to wait until after June 21 to promote the 22 year old first baseman. However, recent comments made by Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum would suggest that the Cubs are considering calling up Rizzo for interleague games. As much as Cubs fans are anxious to see Rizzo in a Cubs’ uniform, they must understand that Rizzo gives no purpose to the Cubs 2012 season. Meaning there is no harm in the Cubs waiting until after June 21 to call up Rizzo.