NEW YORK – The New York Yankees will field Anthony Rizzo on the disabled list before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, and the team will call up first baseman Ronald Guzman to take his place.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Rizzo has been dealing with headaches in recent days and was previously dealing with nagging back issues. Rizzo received an epidural to relieve pain in his back, but the team isn’t sure if the headaches and the injection are related.
“We don’t think so based on this, but he had the epidural and now the headaches,” Boone said. “It’s hard to tell. I know some of the footage and other things were good signs that they weren’t, but I think they’re trying to figure out exactly why.”
Boone said Rizzo “can’t do much” right now due to headaches once he gets up. Rizzo has slumped since early August, hitting .208/.299/.442, but is hitting .225/.339/.493 overall with 30 home runs this season.
Since Guzmán is not on the 40-man roster, the Yankees will have to make the corresponding move before Wednesday’s games. In 90 games this season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Guzman is hitting .260/.357/.466 with 12 home runs.
Boone also said that the infielder DJ LeMahieu He will need some time off while dealing with a toe problem, adding that he would not play Tuesday. LeMahieu’s toe injury has affected his power at the plate and isn’t something that gets better with a few days off, Boone said. He will need time.
Also, Giancarlo Stanton, who left Monday’s game with an injury scare after fouling his foot and ankle several times, could be an option for the team during their doubleheader, Boone said. X-rays came back negative after Monday’s game.
In good news on the Yankees injury front, Louis Severino he will pitch for the Double-A Somerset Patriots on Wednesday and throw about 55 pitches. Severino said he hopes this will be his last appearance in rehab. Severino has stated on multiple occasions that he felt ready to return and that he wasn’t happy about being on the 60-day disabled list. In 16 starts this season, Severino has a 3.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP in 86 innings pitched in 16 starts.
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Another casualty for Yankees, Anthony Rizzo will go to IL