SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres may be laying the groundwork to promote highly touted, slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson.

Although Padres general manager Jed Hoyer has previously said the club will be patient and not rush one of the two centerpieces from the Adrian Gonzalez trade, he said on Monday night that Rizzo was "close to ready."

"No decisions have been made yet," Hoyer said. "We do believe he's close to ready. We're happy with the progress that he's made. Some of the things we've asked him to do, he's done well."

Rizzo is one of two prized prospects acquired by the Padres when they traded Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox.