June 13, 2024

Yankees’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo was unexpectedly removed from Friday’s matchup against the New York Mets due to tightness in his lat muscles.

Rizzo mentioned that he has experienced this issue intermittently throughout his career. Despite the setback, Rizzo expressed full confidence in his ability to be ready for the team’s opening game on Thursday in Houston.

“I’ve dealt with it in varying durations, ranging from six to eight days to just one to two days, and there have been times when I’ve played through it,” Rizzo remarked. “So, this precautionary measure is necessary to avoid it escalating into a more serious injury.”

Rizzo has been performing impressively, boasting a batting average of .412 with two home runs and nine runs batted in, especially notable after being restricted to 99 games last season due to post-concussion syndrome.

Meanwhile, third baseman DJ LeMahieu, who has been sidelined since Saturday due to a bruised right foot, has progressed in his recovery by increasing his running regimen and resuming activities such as throwing and swinging a bat.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether LeMahieu will be available for the start of the regular season.

Anthony Rizzo a late scratch in latest Yankees injury concern

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