Anthony Rizzo could be promoted any day now, as it’s believed the Cubs have waited long enough to delay his free agency until after the 2018 season, but he won’t be called up this weekend.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed as much in comments to Jose M. Romero of CSNChicago.com yesterday and was non-committal when asked whether the 22-year-old first baseman would join the team when they return home Monday to face the Mets.
“I don’t know if there’s a date on it,” Sveum said. “It’s obvious he’s coming soon but we don’t have a date yet.”
Meanwhile, Rizzo continues to rake with Triple-A Iowa. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI last night and is hitting .355/.416/.722 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.138 OPS through 67 games. Bryan LaHair is expected to make the move to right field upon Rizzo’s arrival.
MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.
Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.
Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.