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Rizzo Already a ``Survivor''

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Whatever pressure awaits Anthony Rizzo when he joins the Cubs Tuesday shouldn't compare to the battle he faced and won in 2008.
Rizzo, now 22, was diagnosed with lymphoma in April that year and played in only 21 minor league games.
``From what I know of him, he's already dealt with cancer and I think that's definitely a positive for him,''said rookie infielder Adrian Cardenas, who played with Rizzo at Class AAA Iowa. ``You deal with so much adversity in baseball anyway, even if you're going well. I think he'll be able to handle [the pressures.]''
Outfielder Tony Campana, 26, also is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with lymphoma as a child.
``Rizzo obviously isn't `Campana fast,' but he plays like that,'' Cardenas said. ``You won't see him jog to first. You won't see him not dive for balls if it's a blowout up or down.
``Last year [when Rizzo hit .141 in 41 games for San Diego] I'm sure he had to deal with a lot and learned from it.
``Things have a tendency to spiral downward if you're not having success right out of the shoot. It becomes difficult because this is what we've trained for all our lives. Sure, you could go back to Class AAA and work on things, but there's no guarantees you'll come back. But this game is impossible to play with inhibitions.''

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