Padres’ Anthony Rizzo is back in the big leagues

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The Padres promoted top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues on June 9 after watching the young slugger open the season with a superb .365/.444/.715 batting line and 16 home runs over his first 52 games at Triple-A Tucson.

That production quickly flat-lined in San Diego. Rizzo batted just .143/.282/.265 during a six-week stay with the Padres before being demoted on July 21.

Now the Friars are giving him another go.

According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Rizzo was promoted to the major leagues this morning and will start at first base in Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies. He should see regular playing time down the stretch as the Padres look to get him primed for next season. If all goes well goes well, the 22-year-old will head into 2012 as the Opening Day first baseman.

Rizzo was acquired from the Red Sox last winter as part of San Diego’s haul for Adrian Gonzalez.