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May 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Rizzo promoted to Portland

Highly-touted first base prospect Anthony Rizzo was promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland on Monday. He was originally slated to be in tonight's lineup against Binghamton, but his Sea Dogs debut has been postponed due to a travel delay. No corresponding roster spot has been reported.

In 29 games this season, Rizzo posted a line of .248/.333/.479 with 5 home runs and 20 RBI, including 11 RBI over his last 7 games. In 2009, he split time between Low-A Greenville and Salem, batting .297 with 12 HR and 66 RBI with an OPS of .828.

Rizzo, 20, was drafted in the sixth Round in 2007 out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. After a short stint in the Gulf Coast League that season, he enjoyed a torrid start in Greenville to begin 2008 before being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May, missing the rest of the season with treatment before being given a clean bill of health in November of that year.

Rizzo is ranked fifth in the SoxProspects.com rankings, and is viewed as Portland's long-term replacement to Lars Anderson, who was promoted to Pawtucket on April 29.